Aires offers model builders a way to add some extra detail to their 1/72 Hurricane Mk.I by posing the horizontal tail surfaces is a natural deflected position. This aftermarket set (#72310) provides four resin parts that replace the two kit parts (shown in the photo below). By providing separate elevators and stabilizers, Aires permits the builder to position the movable control surfaces at any angle...often slightly drooping when the pilot leaves the control column pushed a bit forward as he exits the aircraft on the ground (which means the modeler should also position the control column slightly forward). As a bonus, the Aires parts are more accurate in shape than the kit parts and provide better detail.
The parts are cast in typical Aires/Quickboost gray resin on a single block with a little thin casting gate that will need to be removed before the parts are attached. I use a #11 blade (and, if necessary, a thin razor saw blade) to remove the parts from the casting block and clean up edges of the parts carefully with a sanding stick. A simple line drawing is provided to guide what needs to be removed. Tabs are provided that match slots in the fuselage sides so the stabilizers attach in the same way the kit parts do. But remember, because the parts are resin, super glue is the adhesive of choice for assembling everything.
Four parts, excellent detail, easy to install…what more needs to be said? This set is highly recommended. My thanks to Aires for the review sample and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review it.