Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Kawasaki Ki-61 I Undercarriage Covers

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Kawasaki Ki-61 I Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost continue to add superb detail sets to their growing catalog of items. For this review I will be looking at the Undercarriage Covers detail set for the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-61 family of kits.


This superb detail set is designed to work with the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-61 I Hein "Tony". The Hein was a WWII Japanese fighter with an inline engine. When Allied pilots first encountered the Hein, they thought they were flying against German Bf 109 fighters because of the similar nose shape. They quickly discovered that this was in fact a Japanese design, and it was given the code name "Tony".


The Quickboost Undercarriage Covers (Landing gear doors) are finely molded, and are very easily removed from the casting block. I find that using a razor saw is the easiest method, and after a little sanding, these great detail parts are ready to glue in place.

Nakajima Ki-43-II Late Exhaust Stacks, Type A & Type B

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Nakajima Ki-43-II Late Exhaust Stacks, Type A & Type B
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost continue to add superb detail sets to their growing catalog of items. For this review I will be looking at two sets for the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-43-II Hayabusa "Oscar" Japanese WWII Fighter.


Both sets are designed to fit any number of the Hasegawa kits, as every boxing of the Hayabusa share the same fuselage - either set will work for Hasegawa's entire series of Ki-43 aircraft.


Before you run out and purchase one of these sets, check your reference material to decide if you would like to build an early model Ki-43-II or a Late model Ki-43-II. Quickboost set 48-295 is labeled "Type A" and represents the later style exhaust pipes (pointing toward the tail). Set 48-294 is labeled "Type B" and is for the early models with the exhaust stack pointing outward. For this review, the kit shown is a Ki-43-II Early type with the exhaust stack pointing outward.
 

Nakajima Ki-44-II Exhaust Stacks

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Nakajima Ki-44-II Exhaust Stacks
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost continue to add superb detail sets to their growing catalog of items. For this review I will be looking at the exhaust detail set for the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-44 II "Tojo" family of kits.


Hasegawa has released many different boxings of the Japanese WWII Shoki Fighter, and from what I see in my collection, this Quickboost set will work with any of the Ki-44 II kits.


The Quickboost exhaust stacks themselves are finely molded, and are very easily removed from the casting block. I find that using a razor saw is the easiest method, and after a little sanding, these great detail parts are ready to glue in place.


As you can see from the photo, the detail is far above the kit part that these replace. The exhaust well is deeper and more defined on the Quickboost replacement parts than the original kit part.

F1M2 Pete Exhaust

Published: November 29th, 2010     
F1M2 Pete Exhaust
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost continue to add superb detail sets to their growing catalog of items. For this review I will be looking at the Exhaust detail set for the 1/48 Hasegawa F1M2 "Pete" family of kits.


This superb detail set is designed to work with the 1/48 Hasegawa Mitsubishi F1M2 "Pete". The "Pete" was a WWII Japanese reconnaissance floatplane. This biplane was inititally designed for reconnaissance, but was used as a bomber and fighter as well.


The Quickboost Exhaust parts are finely molded, and are very easily removed from the casting block. I find that using a razor saw is the easiest method, and after a little sanding, these great detail parts are ready to glue in place.

Mitsubishi T-2 Photo etch

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Mitsubishi T-2 Photo etch
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz

The Mitsubishi T-2 was a supersonic trainer for the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). Like the T-38 and F-5 in the US, it was used as an aggressor aircraft and demonstration team mount as well as the original trainer mission. The T-2 used the same engine as the SEPECAT Jaguar, the Rolls Royce Turbomeca Adour, built in Japan by Ishikawajima - Harima Heavy Industries.