A-4B Skyhawk Control Stick

Published: January 5th, 2016     
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Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost
Price: $5.00
Product / Stock #: QB 72 479
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

Like many Aires/Quickboost sets, this set is a drop in replacement for the kit supplied control stick for the Airfix A-4B/P Skyhawk. The set actually includes 3 sticks, so you will have enough for three single-seat Skyhawks or a single-seater and a TA-4 two-seater.

The stick is nicely detailed and paints up very well. While the resin is not flimsy, be careful in handling the stick once it is removed from the pour stub as I managed to snap one of mine in two and had to repair it with superglue.

As I received my review sample after I had closed up the canopy on my Airfix Skyhawk, I borrowed a friend's kit for the photographs. I then pulled out a Fujimi A-4M kit from my stash and happily discovered that the stick fit just fine in the Fujimi kit as well. The only adjustment was that I needed to do was to fill in around the base of the stick as the mounting hole in the Fujimi kit is a bit larger - easily done with a little white glue. The Aires part looks great and adds some cool detail to the cockpit. I am planning to use the other two sticks in a Fujimi TA-4J kit that has been on my to-do list for a while.

I highly recommend this set and as I have quite a few Scooters in my stash, I will be picking up several more sets!

Thank you to Aires-Quickboost for the review sample and to IPMS-USA for letting me review it.

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