Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tornado Exhaust Nozzles

Published: December 1st, 2010     
Tornado Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Bill Schwarz - IPMS# 30924
Scale: 1/48

We just keep getting more and more great stuff from these guys. They are truly one of the best resin casters out there. Their attention to detail is magnificent and the prices are reasonable to boot. This time up is a look at the burner cans for the Hobby Boss Tornado's. They look more towards the ones on the GR/4s then the ones on the Fighter /Interceptor variant but I could be wrong.

There are 6 great cast parts. 3 of each make up the burner assemblies for the Tornadoes twin engines. The engraving is second to none and the fit of the resin parts is superb. Aires gives you a kind of instruction sheet with installation pics and a few notes. Most of you who buy these already know the deal so I won't dwell on it. No photoetch is in the set, nor is it needed. Just read the simple instructions, then paint and pop them in.

Use references for painting as none is provided. The recessed details will pop out with a thin wash when you're done as well. I dry fitted the parts to the kit and find they will require very little work. Check them out on the photos.

My thank-you goes to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review set.

Kawasaki Ki-61 I Undercarriage Covers

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Kawasaki Ki-61 I Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman - IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

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.

Nakajima Ki-43-II Late Exhaust Stacks, Type A & Type B

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Nakajima Ki-43-II Late Exhaust Stacks, Type A & Type B
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman - IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost continue to add superb detail sets to their growing catalog of items. For this review I will be looking at two sets for the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-43-II Hayabusa "Oscar" Japanese WWII Fighter.


Both sets are designed to fit any number of the Hasegawa kits, as every boxing of the Hayabusa share the same fuselage - either set will work for Hasegawa's entire series of Ki-43 aircraft.


Before you run out and purchase one of these sets, check your reference material to decide if you would like to build an early model Ki-43-II or a Late model Ki-43-II. Quickboost set 48-295 is labeled "Type A" and represents the later style exhaust pipes (pointing toward the tail). Set 48-294 is labeled "Type B" and is for the early models with the exhaust stack pointing outward. For this review, the kit shown is a Ki-43-II Early type with the exhaust stack pointing outward.

Both sets are finely molded, and are very easy to remove from the casting block. I removed each exhaust using a razor saw, and after a bit of sanding, the parts were ready to paint.

Nakajima Ki-44-II Exhaust Stacks

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Nakajima Ki-44-II Exhaust Stacks
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman - IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

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 exhaust detail set for the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-44 II "Tojo" family of kits.


Hasegawa has released many different boxings of the Japanese WWII Shoki Fighter, and from what I see in my collection, this Quickboost set will work with any of the Ki-44 II kits.


The Quickboost exhaust stacks themselves 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 exhaust well is deeper and more defined on the Quickboost replacement parts than the original kit part.


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.

F1M2 Pete Exhaust

Published: November 29th, 2010     
F1M2 Pete Exhaust
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman - IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

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 Exhaust detail set for the 1/48 Hasegawa F1M2 "Pete" family of kits.


This superb detail set is designed to work with the 1/48 Hasegawa Mitsubishi F1M2 "Pete". The "Pete" was a WWII Japanese reconnaissance floatplane. This biplane was inititally designed for reconnaissance, but was used as a bomber and fighter as well.


The Quickboost Exhaust parts 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.


The detail is far above the kit parts that these replace. I personally like the fact that these are in ONE piece - the exhaust stacks that come with the kit are molded in two parts, so you have a seam you need to deal with inside the stack. These are much better to use - both in terms of detail, and ease of construction. For that reason, I think this is the best Quickboost exhaust detail set I have seen to date.