Antonov AN-2 Floodlight

Published: April 17th, 2014     
Product Package
Product Package
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
Price: $4.50
Product / Stock #: QB 48543
Product provided by: Quickboost

The AN-2 ""Annushka" (NATO designation "Colt") bi-plane is a throwback from a very earlier age as a rugged biplane used in a STOVL role. The Hobby Boss kit is a nice replica of this plane, yet there are some details that require improvement. One shortcoming is the landing floodlights on the leading edge of the lower wing. The kit provides the lens for the lights, but they are blanked off and no light is represented.

This set by Quickboost corrects that shortcoming by providing three recessed sockets with the floodlight reflectors. To install the floodlights, you need to remove the plastic indicated by the shaded areas in both the upper and lower wings. I used a battery powered etching tool I bought at Harbor Freight. I found that it operates a low enough speed to remove the plastic without melting. It is a lot easier to hold than a Dremel and is easier to get into tight places. Plus if it skips off target, the damage is minimal. Iground away the excess plastic from the inside and used an Exacto #11 blade to make the final removal including a little scraping. With the plastic removed I attached the socket with CA to the lower wing. Once the CA had cured, I glued the two wing halves together.

The installation is easy and the result far more realistic. There is a slight gap at the upper wing which I will likely fill with white glue. For $4.50, this is a set that adds some need detail for a small price. Highly recommended!

A special thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to review this fine item.

  • Parts
    Parts
  • Kit parts
    Kit parts
  • Floodlight installation
    Floodlight installation
  • Floodlight installed
    Floodlight installed
  • Plastic removal
    Plastic removal
  • Plastic removal
    Plastic removal
  • Light installed
    Light installed

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