Fw 190A-3 Stabilizer

Published: June 30th, 2011     
Kitset packaging
Kitset packaging
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost
Price: $3.99
Product / Stock #: 72-309
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

Quickboost now offers a set of separate stabilizers and elevators for anyone wishing to build the 1/72 Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-3 with dropped elevators. The parts are cast in the typical Quickboost medium gray resin that is both flexible and resilient. Detail is crisp, with recessed panel lines that are curiously close to those found on the kit parts. It looks like Quickboost started with the Tamiya kit parts, cut them apart and added a groove in the stabilizers so the elevators will fit properly in whatever position the modeler desires. There is a little flash is on each stabilizer that is intended to protect the cast parts from damage or deforming when being removed from the molds. This flash is easy to remove with a #11 blade after the parts are separated from the casting block. No instruction sheet is included in the package because it is obvious what to remove and what to use.

Note that the resin stabilizers do not have keyed tabs like the kit parts because the left and right side parts are identical and interchangeable. It is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach the resin parts to each other and to the kit's styrene plastic fuselage sides. It is important to remember that if the elevators are placed in an up or down position, the control stick should be positioned forward or back to match the amount of deflection.

This product is recommend as a quick and easy way for modelers to achieve a more natural pose for their 1/72 Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-3 (or, with a little adjustment, most other 1/72 Focke Wulf kits).

Quickboost.net parts (left) compared to Tamiya kit partsQuickboost.net parts attached to Tamiya kit fuselage

(Photo of Quickboost parts installed on Tamiya fuselage)

My thanks to IPMS/USA and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this set of detail parts.

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