Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-14A/B Tomcat Chin Pods

Published: May 4th, 2018     
F-14A/B Tomcat Chin Pods
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 4728
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Tamiya F-14A Tomcat set a standard for plastic model kits. If there is a drawback it is that the aircraft can only be built as a very early Tomcat. Well Quickboost has addressed most of the options to upgrade your Tomcat's chin pod. All these chin pods were used on later F-14As and F-14Bs.

UH-1D Big Ed Set

Published: May 4th, 2018     
UH-1D Big Ed Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 4728
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

As someone who was very involved in developing the Kitty Hawk UH-1D, I know of some of the shortcomings of the kit. Some things that were not able to be addressed or were caused by the limitations of the plastic. Some things are just better in photoetch.

The key about these Big Ed sets is that they are a one stop shop for a kit. Not only are they a one stop shop but they are discounted significantly than if you were to buy the sets separately. In this case the saving is almost $20.

This set does contain everything you'll need in photoetch. The first set is 48935- UH-1D Cargo Interior. It contains one large fret that has a new photoetch floor with new pedal troughs and seat tracks. It also contains a new roof piece that has a pattern which is added to the kit part. If there is a downside of the set it is that the floor has the holes for all the seats. Not a big deal as the holes are small and would be easily overlooked if you left out a seat or two. The really nice thing is that the attachment point for the seatbelts is included so you can add them to the floor.

P-40B Warhawk Cockpit Set

Published: May 3rd, 2018     
P-40B Warhawk Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 4728
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The new Airfix P-40B is an excellent example of the iconic fighter made famous by the Flying Tigers. The kit is nice but there are some things in the cockpit that need to be 'fixed'. Aires has released this new cockpit set for the kit.

Inside the typical Aires blister pack are 21 pieces of molded in light grey resin. My example was flawless despite damage to the blister package. The set also has a small fret of photo etch that includes the instrument panel and seatbelts. A film of acetate is also provided for the instruments.

This set will require some thinning of the sidewalls to get it to fit properly. But once you get past that, the set fits together simply and easily. The parts breakdown is very similar to the kit breakdown. The pour stubs are easy enough to remove.

This set only includes the rounded back seat common on American versions of this fighter. If you are going to do the flat back RAF type of seat you'll have to source the seat from another source or the kit.

F-14A Tomcat Beaver Tail

Published: May 3rd, 2018     
F-14A Tomcat Beaver Tail
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Quickboost

The Tamiya F-14A Tomcat set a standard for plastic model kits. If there is a drawback it is that the aircraft can only be built as a very early Tomcat. Some things that need to be addressed to change your Tomcat to a later A model and B model is the so called Beaver Tail, as well as, the chin pods and gun vents. Quickboost addresses all of these areas with individual upgrades.

This offering is a single piece of light grey resin. It represents the beaver tail as seen on later F-14As, B, and Ds. It includes the fuel dump port and the ECM pod. Removing the part from the pour stub is easy enough. It is a drop in replacement part for the kit part. Simple and very easy to add.

If you want a later Tomcat then you need this part. No two ways about it. This part is an important addition from the Late F-14A onward. Now you just have to decide which chin pod you'll need. Don't forget the gun vent panel too.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copies. You can obtain yours by contacting them at www.quickboost.net or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

Ju-87B Seat with Harnesses

Published: May 3rd, 2018     
Ju-87B Seat with Harnesses
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has produced replacement seats with molded on harnesses for the Hasegawa 1/48 Ju-87B kits. The resin replacement is a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. The supplied item includes both the pilot and gunner seats cast in resin. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the Stuka's seat assemblies. Check your references for the appropriate seat to use. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this item.