P-38 Lightning Gun Barrels

Published: March 30th, 2011     
Kitset packaging
Kitset packaging
Reviewed by: 
Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost
Price: $3.95
Product / Stock #: QB 72-304

Quickboost just keeps adding to their great line of quality resin aircraft accessories. The latest addition is for the Academy P-38 Lightning. It is up to their usual standards; molded in off-white resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are really easy to remove from the mold block because of a nice perforation. It only took me a couple of light passes with my saw blade to make them fall away instead of launching into the air becoming snacks for the carpet monster. Another plus is that the gun muzzles are bored out which would be a real pain if you tried to do it on the kit part.

The guns that come in the Academy kit really don't look as much like machine guns as the Quickboost replacements but would make an acceptable model, especially in 1/72 scale. The Quickboost gun barrels are superior and add just that much more realism to the finished kit. These guns are very easy to install. All you need to do is put them in the right position on the nose. I also checked out some of the other   

P-38s in my stash and have included them in this review also. I compared the Dragon and Airfix kits, as long as the guns are separate pieces these resin guns should be okay and really improve them as well.

I highly recommend this product if you want a really superior looking model. Usually replacement parts need some work to get them installed properly but these guns are pretty much just drop into place.

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.


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