Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

P-51B/C Mustang Exhaust-Round

Published: October 28th, 2010     
P-51B/C Mustang Exhaust-Round
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay - IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

I have collected and built a few Hasegawa P-51B/C's over the years. The Hasegawa exhausts are adequate but do not have the flanges and are not hollowed out on their ends. I like my exhausts drilled and find this task very tedious. Quickboost solves this issue. This set is cast in light grey resin with no molding flaws, and is designed as direct replacements for the kit exhausts with no modifications needed.

The Quickboost exhaust fit perfectly to into the Hasegawa cowl (see photo). I also test fitted these exhausts into the Academy and Revell Mustangs, but they were not very good fits for either so they cannot be substituted for the kit parts. Perhaps in time the good folks at Quickboost will make exhausts to fit these kits as well. The MRSP is very reasonable and really will dress-up this area. I recommend this latest Quickboost update for the Hasegawa P-51B/C family of kits without reservation.

Thanks to Quickboost and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this sample.

MiG-29A Intake and Exhaust Covers

Published: October 25th, 2010     
MiG-29A Intake and Exhaust Covers
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost
  • Intake Covers Type A or B
  • Part No. : 32088 / 32091
  • MSRP: $ 8.95
  • Exhaust Covers Type A or B
  • Part No. : 32087 / 32090
  • MSRP: $ 8.95

I love building jets but there are two things that are a pain on most of them and that is getting the ejector pin marks out of the intakes and exhausts. Besides that, almost all jets have covers on them as soon as possible to prevent FOD damage so if you want to pose a parked jet, it should have these covers on them- engines are expensive!

F-86F Sabre Cockpit Set

Published: October 23rd, 2010     
F-86F Sabre Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy - IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/32

The F-86 Sabre Jet happens to be one of my all time favorite aircraft so when John Noack put this kit up for review, I just had to jump on it.

The cockpit set is for the Kinetic 1/32 F-86F of which I have three. The kit cockpit is pretty nice but this Aires kit is the frosting on the cake. It consists of 11 very finely cast resin parts, two clear parts (actually the instruments are in clear and black), and 21 photo etched parts.

Brewster F2A Exhaust Stacks

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Brewster F2A Exhaust Stacks
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

These accessories are produced by Quickboost, a resin-manufacturing firm that provides corrected components for discriminating modelers who want to get it right. Quickboost produces a large variety of corrected parts for aircraft kits in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale, and their website is very interesting to browse through. In this case, Hasegawa has taken a shortcut in their production process, not the first time this has happened. It reminds me of the old Lindberg kits many years ago that had standard propellers which were supposed to fit on many different kinds of airplanes. It didn't work then, and still doesn't today.

Hasegawa's two issues of the Brewster F2A-1 and F2A-2 Buffalo, and this would include their kit of the Finnish Brewster 239, which is almost identical to the F2A-1, are the best kits available of these two aircraft. They are much better than the old Airfix and Matchbox kits, but everything usually can be improved upon, and these are no exception. The problem is that these two aircraft had different cowlings and engines, and the exhaust stacks were of different sizes and in different locations.

FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antenna for night fighters

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antenna for night fighters
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antennas were installed on Bf 110 and Ju 88 night fighters during World War. These radar antennas are the focal point of any night fighter kit. Model Master from Poland provides us with turned brass antenna struts and antenna dipoles to enhance the look of our next night fighter kit.

The turned brass parts mean that no mold line is present and that alone is enough of a reason to consider upgrading your kit. The other advantage is that antenna struts and dipoles actually have a circular cross-section.

Assembly is straightforward and simple. The instructions recommend soldering the parts together for assembly, but my soldering skills are not very good. I've used super glue instead. It worked OK, but I managed to knock off the dipoles in a few occasions during construction.

The modeler is expected to remove some parts from the antenna struts provided in the kit and to modify them to accept the turned brass parts, by drilling a single hole per strut.

Recommended for the intermediate experienced modeler, due to the small parts size.

I would like to thank Master Model for the review sample.

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