Published on
February 20, 2011
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Revell 1/72 F-22 Raptor
Company: Aires Hobby Models - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Aires Hobby Models - Website: Visit Site

Aires now offers a resin a replacement exhaust set for the Revell F-22 Raptor. This set has very well detailed resin pieces molded in the standard Aires grey resin, and are flash and bubble free; as well as a small photoetch set. They also include a 3-page, blue paper diagram, which is a real help.

The resin pieces include the burner cans, turbine faces and nozzles. There is also a small photoetch for the turbine fans and which really will make the exhaust detail just pop out at you when looking at the model from the rear, especially when it is compared to the original kit parts. One thing about the F-22 is that the exhausts are a very distinctive and major feature.

The biggest improvement in this set over the kit parts is that you get one-piece exhausts, doing away with a seam. Also, the thrust augmenters are one piece, another seam you don’t have to deal with.

There is some pretty major surgery required along the side walls of the fuselage exhaust area where the augmenters mount. The new Aires parts both eliminate the seam and also correct the detail in this area.

I highly recommend this set if you really want to spruce up the back of your F-22. As with most Aires sets, there’s some surgery required, so it’s not for beginners.

Many thanks to Aires and IPMS USA for the opportunity to build this set. Keep up the great work Aires.


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