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Junkers JU88 A-4

Published: July 3rd, 2011     
Junkers JU88 A-4
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter - IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost's line of after market exhaust options just keeps on growing. The latest addition is for the Hasegawa JU88 A-4. It is up to their usual standards; molded in a cream colored resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are really easy to remove from the mold block with just a few passes of the hobby saw. Another plus is that the exhausts are bored out, which would be a real pain if you tried to do it on the kit part.

F-16C Hill AFB Vipers

Published: July 2nd, 2011     
F-16C Hill AFB Vipers
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Afterburner Decals

Background

Three modelers form the talents behind Afterburner Decals. Geoff Martin, Burtonsville, Maryland; Scott Brown, Houston, Texas; and Shawn Hull, Las Vegas, Nevada. They started this business though their love of US Military jet aircraft and the lack of decals for contemporary and past markings. In addition, Shawn Hull runs shull24.com resin accessories for modern jets.

One of their goals and founding principles is to listen to their customers and give them what they want. They do not consider themselves to be "experts", but rather are willing to rely on the people that they know to provide inspiration and guidance on appealing topics. The vast majority of references are provided from outside resources.

Much of the assistance they receive is from the folks in the military. You'll notice more often than not that the names on the "Special Thanks" sections on the sheet instructions are the same ones on the sides of the jets. This makes maintaining the level of accuracy possible. Without this kind of help, the task of researching the subjects becomes exceedingly difficult.

AV-8B Night Attack Interior

Published: July 1st, 2011     
AV-8B Night Attack Interior
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

In Eduard's ordinary fashion, they once again bring to life the cockpit of the AV-8B with the Night Attack interior. They have incorporated in their Photo Etch, new side panels with small boxes of instruments and throttles that resemble the real thing. Colored placards are placed around the cockpit to bring out true realism and a small sheet of film is used for the clear screen over some of the instruments readouts. Colored pieces for the instruments are also provided to apply over the panel for exact realism. There are also a lot of other small gadgets to add to the cockpit, such as mirrors and handles, and they are easy to fold and put in place.

In this kit there is a lot of cutting and replacing of panels and folding of the instruments which are then glued into place. Previously working with Photo Etch will help, and Eduard has all the pieces cut and measured to fit exactly. Sometimes the self adhesive doesn't stick too well so a small drop of c.a. glue will ensure that the part will not go anywhere.

Fw 190 A-3 Rudder

Published: June 30th, 2011     
Fw 190 A-3 Rudder
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Fw 190A-3 Stabilizer

Published: June 30th, 2011     
Fw 190A-3 Stabilizer
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost now offers a set of separate stabilizers and elevators for anyone wishing to build the 1/72 Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-3 with dropped elevators. The parts are cast in the typical Quickboost medium gray resin that is both flexible and resilient. Detail is crisp, with recessed panel lines that are curiously close to those found on the kit parts. It looks like Quickboost started with the Tamiya kit parts, cut them apart and added a groove in the stabilizers so the elevators will fit properly in whatever position the modeler desires. There is a little flash is on each stabilizer that is intended to protect the cast parts from damage or deforming when being removed from the molds. This flash is easy to remove with a #11 blade after the parts are separated from the casting block. No instruction sheet is included in the package because it is obvious what to remove and what to use.

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