P-51D Propeller with Tool

Published: June 9th, 2011     
Kitset packge
Kitset packge
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter - IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost
Price: $6.95
Product / Stock #: QB 72-299
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

Quickboost has added the P-51D propeller to their line of resin aircraft accessories. The blades are molded separately from the spinner and a tool is provided for the proper blade pitch during installation. This latest addition is molded in a grayish resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are easy to remove from the mold block taking only a couple of minutes with a saw blade to remove them.

The package states that it is for the Tamiya kit but it should work with any other P-51D kit. In comparison with the Tamiya kit parts, I don't really see all that much of a difference in the final product, the difference that does stand out is in the assembly. The Tamiya blades are molded together with the pitch set and will have to have the mold connections removed and sanded down. This can be a little slow and tedious especially when there are 3 of them between the blades, trying not to accidentally cut one off.

To put the Quickboost propeller together you will need to drill from the bottom of the tool to fit the spinner. Then just start to fit the blades in one at a time and glue with CA. The tool will place the blades at the proper pitch.

I highly recommend this product. It isn't very difficult to put together and the parts are nice and smooth so that the need to remove sprue connections is eliminated and I think it makes a better looking clean prop. Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

  • Finished spinner in locating tool
    Finished spinner in locating tool
  • Finished spinner and airscrew attached to airframe
    Finished spinner and airscrew attached to airframe

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