Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

B-17G Flying Fortress Engines

Published: June 20th, 2011     
B-17G Flying Fortress Engines
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Quickboost line of after market parts just keeps growing and growing. This time they've done the Revell B-17G flying fortress engines. I was really excited when I saw that they were up for review because I had just purchased Revell's new B-17G. Once the engines arrived I dove right in and started looking at the engine instructions and noticed that something just didn't look right. I found out that the Quickboost parts are for the OLD Revell B-17G kit, not the new one. The engines in the new kit have been totally redone and have quite a few more steps to them than their older version. I went to Revells' web site and checked the instruction sheet for the older version of this kit and also included the instructions for the newer kits engines. I didn't have one of Revells' older kits but I did have a Hasegawa B-17G in my stash. After studying the Revell and Hasegawa instructions I found that the Quickboost parts would also fit the Hasegawa version and look a whole lot better in the process.

F4U Corsair Stabilizer

Published: June 20th, 2011     
F4U Corsair Stabilizer
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has provided the modeler with the means to show his Corsair model not with static elevators, but have them deflected. Cast in the usual fine grain resin, the only flash is on the stabilizer and that is on purpose to ease the extraction of the cast parts from the rubber molds. This flash is very thin and quite easy to remove, posing no problems. A razor saw and a pair of snips is all that is required to remove the parts from the casting gate. Quickboost has provided a drawing on the filler paper that shows what has to be removed.

A-7 Corsair Position Lights

Published: June 14th, 2011     
A-7 Corsair Position Lights
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Well today we have a nice touch for your next A-7 Corsair build project. I think a picture is worth a thousand words. I can only add that these red and green resin pieces are flawless and look great. I usually use a red and green 'Sharpie' to color my position lights but I now see how much better these lenses are. They might be a bit pricey for most budget minded modelers but if you want the best I recommend these over a Sharpie any day.

This set is recommended for the Hobby Boss kit. I would like to thank IPMS and Aires/Quickboost for the sample.

F-16N Cockpit Set (for Tamiya..sort of)

Published: June 14th, 2011     
F-16N Cockpit Set (for Tamiya..sort of)
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Any of us who suffer from AMS (Advanced Modeler Syndrome) are never satisfied with the "stock" kit, even one as fine as Tamiya's F-16 series!  Luckily there is a cure for those who love that insane level of detail but don't have the time to do it ourselves, and Aires has long delivered the goods. This cockpit set continues to provide the quality we expect from Aires, however there are a few issues with getting it into the advertised kit it was "designed" for.

P-38 Lightning Turbo-supercharger Cover

Published: June 13th, 2011     
P-38 Lightning Turbo-supercharger Cover
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has provided the modeler with replacement parts for the Academy P-38J kit. Cast in their standard gray resin the parts had no flash and are easily removed with a razor saw. The Quickboost parts are direct replacements for the Academy parts C10 and D4. The difference between the parts lies with the air scoops on top; on the Academy parts the scoops were molded solid, while the Quickboost scoops are cast hollowed out.

For modeler who is uncomfortable with drilling out these scoops the Quickboost.net parts are perfect and in that regard I can recommend their use. I want to thank IPMS/USA and Quickboost for the opportunity to do this review.