Kawasaki Ki-61 I Undercarriage Covers

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman - IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
Price: $7.50
Product / Stock #: QB48311
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

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.

As you can see from the photo, the detail is far above the kit part that these replace. The gear doors are finely molded, and are thinner than the original kit part. I find these look better than PE detail parts, as they have more depth and are easier to use in my opinion. As shown in the photos, with these Quickboost parts, you do not have to worry about the injector pin marks of the kit parts, and you get better detail - a win/win!

Having used these detail sets in the past, I can say that these will virtually "fall into place", and there is no surgery required. They are designed to fit the kit perfectly. Simply paint each part, add a little wash/weathering, and fit the parts into place on the fuselage. I cannot think of an easier upgrade to a kit! Quickboost detail sets add more life to the model, and a higher level of realism with very convincing results.

I highly recommend these sets to anyone wishing to add a little more detail to their Ki-61 without much work or expense.

Thank you to Aires & Quickboost for providing the review samples!

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