by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
Window A/C Units - Tan - 4 PcsFrom the 1940s on boxy window air conditioners become a ubiquitous site on structures across the United States. HTD also makes a set in gray plastic - item, 8011. Curiously, these tan units' sprue is part 8011.
Hi-Tech Details makes HO window air conditioners and they are quick and easy to assemble them. Hi-Tech Details packages a sprue of four units in a plastic bag stapled onto an eye-catching fuchsia card label with black printing. Color graphics of common buildings adorn the card label.
These air conditioner units are crisply molded in tan styrene. One needs only a sharp cutter to remove them from the sprue. Each unit is molded as a single piece. HTD molded the inner edges with a tough so that the modeler can fold the front and sides against the top.
Perhaps the air grille could be more sharply molded but some that I've seen have very fine louvers.
Instructions and paintingThe label unfolds to a long narrow instruction sheet. HTD printed it in color. Seven clear and sharply illustrated steps show how to assemble each a/c unit. Several steps illustrate how HTD guides you to separate the part from the sprue. I disregarded those steps and simply nipped the pieces from the sprue.
Painting guidance is simple: paint the units and support frames whatever color you want.
assemblyAssemble is beyond simple! Photographing and writing this review took dozens of minutes longer than assembling these models. From detaching the piece from the sprue, to folding it and gluing it together with CA takes about a minute. Then just paint it.
HTD recommends gluing with Testors liquid cement or MEK. I also deviated from their guidance and glued with good ol' CA.
ConclusionHi-Tech Details help modelers to bring their models ever closer to authenticity and accuracy with these sharp parts. Happily recommended.
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