Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Spitfire Corrected Antenna

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Spitfire Corrected Antenna
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Do you think that the antenna on any of the Spitfire kits looks a little too thick? If you are like me, do you hate to remove the mold lines? Well Quickboost fixes both of these issues. Molded in light caramel color these little gems are bubble and blemish free. You get three antennas for use on any model of the Spitfire. Adding them is so simple; each antenna has a mounting peg which will fit directly into the kit spot.

Highly recommended

You can obtain your copy at your local hobby shop or online.

Our thanks to Quickboost and Aires for the review sample.

Hs-126 Exhaust

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Hs-126 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

These simple, yet effective, exhausts are typical of Quickboost exhausts, perfectly formed with hollowed ends. The parts are molded in light grey, blemish free resin. The Hs-126 has two very small exhausts and these are easy enough to add to your ICM Henschel.

Highly recommended

You can obtain your copy at your local hobby shop or online.

Our thanks to Quickboost and Aires for the review sample.

Ju-87D-1/D-3 Stuka Exhaust - Early Type

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Ju-87D-1/D-3 Stuka Exhaust - Early Type
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Designed for the Hasegawa family of Dora model Stukas, these little gems are typical of the Quickboost line, simple and inexpensive upgrades for the modeler. Molded in light grey resin these exhausts are beautiful and flaw free. There is the aerodynamic cover on the front but then there is the exhausts themselves. They are beautiful. The exhausts feature the weld seam on the outside and the hollow end which makes these priceless. I can never get the ends to thin out. Well, I can but, they never look great or uniform. Quickboost does all the hard work for you.

Highly recommended

You can obtain your copy at your local hobby shop or online.

Our thanks to Quickboost and Aires for the review sample.

Curtiss-Wright AT-9 "Jeep"

Published: November 18th, 2010     
Curtiss-Wright AT-9 "Jeep"
Reviewed by: Fred Amos - IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

The Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep was a twin engine advanced trainer aircraft used by the United States during World War II to bridge the gap between single engine trainers and twin engine combat aircraft. The AT-9 was a low wing cantilever monoplane configuration with retractable landing gear and two Lycoming R-680-8 radial engines.

It should be noted that this is a limited run kit, and as such is not up to the standards of a larger, mainstream injection molded kit manufacturer. Pavla produces kits of rare and unusual airplanes and other subjects. A mainstream manufacturer could never do this in an economical manner. As such the reader should understand that these limited run kits can be a challenge for even experienced modelers. On the other hand, it should also be noted that a skilled modeler can have a resulting model of something rare and unusual. This is proven out by the author of this review who did, indeed, create a fine representation of this airplane. Editor

Mosquito Fenders

Published: November 17th, 2010     
Mosquito Fenders
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost now offer builders a set of cast resin fenders to enhance the landing gear details of any 1/48 Tamiya B IV or FB IV Mosquito kit. The fenders are cast in the same grey resin used for all other Quickboost aftermarket parts and come on a single casting block. Also typical of other Quickboost resin detail parts, they are crisply molded with no flash to remove and are free of pinholes. They offer better detail than the kit parts (the photo below shows the Quickboost part on the left and the kit part on the right).

They are easy to install. After removing them from the casting block and dressing up the edge with a couple of swipes with a sanding stick, they literally drop in place with no modification required. Because they are resin, they must be attached to the kit parts with super glue.

This set is recommended. My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review sample.