U-2/Po-2 Control Surfaces

Published: January 29th, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aires Hobby Models
Price: $14.00
Product / Stock #: 4669

Quickboost provides you with a product to replace your one-piece Po-2 horizontal tail surfaces with the capability of displaying the elevators in alternate position. Please note this set does not depict elevator tabs that are present on some aircraft. The packaging is the standard polyethylene bag secured to a header card with staples. There are no supplied instructions but then again, the three parts are a direct replacement for the kit’s horizontal tails surfaces.

Although this product is designed specifically for the ICM 1/48 kits (48251, 48252, and 48253) it should take zero- to minimal-modification effort to mount this set in the Admiral kits (4807, 4808, 4809), the Gavia kits (002/0399, 004/0600), the AZ Model kit (AZ4870), the Jadar-Model resin kit (48 001), or even the older Sierra Scale Models 48-46 vacuform kit.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. The tail surfaces will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

Quickboost has molded the horizontal tail surfaces housing perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost horizontal tail surfaces provide you with only minimal seams to sand off. Be very careful removing the parts from the resin block, it is incredibly easy to accidentally break all three of the parts, not to mention the elevator control horns. I used a photo-etch saw to remove the resin parts from their sprues and then trimmed with a #11 scalpel blade. Total preparation time for the Aires horizontal surfaces, not including painting, was under twenty minutes and that is taking care to cut off the pour block properly.

This product is an excellent way to display the horizontal surfaces on your Polikarpov Po-2 and is well worth the time and cost if you wish to have them drooping, etc. This product is highly recommended due to the ease of use, superior appearance of the Aires parts, and added detail.

Thanks to Aires Hobby Models and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.

  • Package contents
    Package contents
  • Kit part (middle) as compared to Aires parts (top and bottom)
    Kit part (middle) as compared to Aires parts (top and bottom)
  • Same view with additional contrast to show surface detail
    Same view with additional contrast to show surface detail
  • Comparison of kit-supplied parts (left) to Aires-supplied parts (right)
    Comparison of kit-supplied parts (left) to Aires-supplied parts (right)
  • Comparison of kit-supplied parts (top) to Aires-supplied parts (bottom)
    Comparison of kit-supplied parts (top) to Aires-supplied parts (bottom)
  • Comparison of kit-supplied parts (right) to Aires-supplied parts (left)
    Comparison of kit-supplied parts (right) to Aires-supplied parts (left)