F8F-1B Gun Barrels

Published: June 9th, 2013     
Parts Package
Parts Package
Reviewed by: 
Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
Price: $6.50
Product / Stock #: QB 48 491

Thank you to David Lajer of Aires/Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this delightful aftermarket resin set.  The Hobby Boss F8F kit is wonderful in its own right, but the replacement gun barrels add quite an eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of the kit.

A single casting plug with 2 longer and 2 shorter barrels is in the package, molded in medium brownish-gray colored polyurethane resin.  The application is very simple; use the appropriate Quickboost barrels to replace kit parts E6 and E5.  This is a direct, drop-in replacement; all you need to do is carefully remove the barrels from the casting plug.

The kit barrel diameter is 1.92 scale inches and the Quickboost diameter is 1.20 scale inches.  While both of the diameters seem reasonable for portraying the real barrels, I think the obviously small diameter and finer, crisper detail of the QB barrel produces a more pleasing effect.  The only caution is that since the QB barrels are smaller in diameter, they don't fit snugly in the wing sockets/ports.  This is not a big problem, but they won't stay put while the glue sets.

I highly recommend this add-on, both for the ease-of-use and value for the money.  Thank you again to Aires/Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this delightful aftermarket resin set.

  • Comparison with kit part (on left)
    Comparison with kit part (on left)
  • Comparison with kit part (below)
    Comparison with kit part (below)