Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Vought F4U-5 Engine Reductor

Published: February 2nd, 2016     
Vought F4U-5 Engine Reductor
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides you with a F4U-5 engine reductor, distributor covers, and engine pump. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There supplied instructions note the swap out of the kit provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements. One part, the magneto is not used with the F4U-5’s R-2800-32W Series E engine and appears to be a carryover for a F4U-4B R-2800 engine (QB 48 045). The F4U-5’s R-2800-32W Series E engine was a fairly unique engine and was not used in any other aircraft.

Quickboost has molded the parts perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost exhausts provide you with no mold seams to sand off.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. The engine reductor, distributor covers, and engine pump will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

Vought F4U-5N Exhausts

Published: February 2nd, 2016     
Vought F4U-5N Exhausts
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides you with one set of Vought F4U-5N flame dampener exhausts. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements. These Quickboost parts are specific replacements for the kit exhausts which replicate a standard F4U-5 without the flame dampened exhausts. If you wish to do a post-war F4U-5N that had its flame dampener exhausts removed for the standard F4U-5 exhausts, I would point you to the Quickboost 48 661 set that is gorgeous.

Quickboost has molded the exhausts perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost exhausts provide you with no mold seams to sand off along with a hollowed out exhaust.

EMB-314 Super Tucano Control Surfaces

Published: February 2nd, 2016     
EMB-314 Super Tucano Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Normally I don’t build outside of my pre-1945 comfort zone, but I’ve always liked the shape and look of the Tucano/Super Tucano. When Hobby Boss released this kit I couldn’t pass on making the purchase. As with any decent kit there is always room for little improvement and this kit is no exception. Joining another resin aftermarket manufacturer, Aires is now offering a set of replacement stabs/elevators for the Tucano.

Aires does not disappoint and these replacement parts are up to their normal quality and detail with a clean, bubble free molding. The Hobby Boss kit stabs/elevators are joined as one while the Aires offering easily provides the builder with the ability to pose the elevators without resorting to sawing, cutting or mutilating the kit parts. A quick comparison of the resin parts with the kit parts seem to indicate these are identical to the kit parts in size and shape. As a bonus, they have molded in the tab, which should aid in attaching the resin parts to the kit fuselage. (Please remember that glue suitable for resin parts will be necessary with any resin aftermarket part.)

Static Dischargers for F-16 Fighting Falcon

Published: February 1st, 2016     
Static Dischargers for F-16 Fighting Falcon
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

For modern aircraft modelers looking to add even more detail to their next 1/48 scale F-16, Master Model has introduced static dischargers that can be installed on the wings and tail,