Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

A-4 Skyhawk Refueling Probe (Late)

Published: November 16th, 2010     
A-4 Skyhawk Refueling Probe (Late)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost continues to deliver targeted resin details; designed to improve overlooked aspects of a model, for a wide range of subjects.

This is a one piece set which provides a replacement for the later, bent refueling probe on the A-4. This part provides a clean one-piece replacement for the part on the Hasegawa A-4 without the worry of misshaping the probe or the shaft while removing the mold lines and injection pins. Plus this resin is a bit more durable than styrene and therefore subject to less breakage. The detail of the probe is better than that of the kit. If you have the perfectly fine Classic Airframes TA-4J, the kit lacks the later refueling probe, so this part makes it so you do not have to rob your Hasegawa kit. Recommended

We thank Aires Hobby Models and Quickboost for the review sample.

A-6A/E, EA-6A Refueling Probe (Early)

Published: November 16th, 2010     
A-6A/E, EA-6A Refueling Probe (Early)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost continues to deliver targeted resin details; designed to improve overlooked aspects of a model, for a wide range of subjects.

Revell in their line of A-6 and EA-6 kits provides only a late style probe - this one piece replacement part provides the more correct early style. The detail is crisp and the probe well shaped; the modeler only needs to remove the resin pour piece at the tip. Recommended.

We thank Aires Hobby Models and Quickboost for the review sample.

Su-7 BKL Engine Ventilation Louvre

Published: November 16th, 2010     
Su-7 BKL Engine Ventilation Louvre
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost continues to deliver targeted resin details; designed to improve overlooked aspects of a model, for a wide range of subjects.

A-4 Skyhawk Refueling Probe - Early

Published: November 16th, 2010     
A-4 Skyhawk Refueling Probe - Early
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost continues to deliver targeted resin details; designed to improve overlooked aspects of a model, for a wide range of subjects.

This is a one piece set which provides a replacement for a straight refueling probe on the Fujimi A-4. It provides a clean one-piece replacement for the A-4 without the worry of misshaping the probe or the shaft while removing the mold line. Plus this resin is a bit more durable than styrene and therefore subject to less breakage. The detail of the probe is amazing. Recommended.

We thank Aires Hobby Models and Quickboost for the review sample.

Gloster Meteor F.3

Published: November 16th, 2010     
Gloster Meteor F.3
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy - IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

To my knowledge there were very few 1/72 scale Gloster Meteors produced so it came as a very welcome offering by Dragon.

Upon opening the box, I was impressed with the molding of this kit. The details were very fine and crisp. I consulted my research books and decided to use a white scheme, which was only used on 3 F.3 aircraft.

Assembly was pretty straight forward. The cockpit was very complete; was painted in black and was not very difficult to do. The landing gear assembly in Step 1 was a little confusing when gluing parts B-3 and B-2. I knew that the Meteor was somewhat tail- heavy so I added a load of fishing sinker shot. I don't know how much weight I added but next time I build a Meteor, I am going to add a brick as mine still became a tail sitter.

The fit on the wing assembly was very good with only a little filler needed at the upper wing root. After the wings were fitted the flaps, landing gear and landing gear doors were added.

I was impressed with the method of adding the landing gear. Each part fit into slots that made it impossible to screw it up. One had the choice of gluing the flaps up or down.