F-5E Tiger II Control Lever

Published: February 10th, 2012     
Parts Packaging
Parts Packaging
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
Price: $22.95
Product / Stock #: QB 48 408
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

While the control stick is a small detail in any aircraft cockpit, it is one of the more obvious ones. This control column from Quickboost is minutely detailed for such a small part, from the canvas boot at the bottom to the buttons on the handgrip. The tiny lever on the front of the grip is even there.

Three individual control columns are included in the package, and this part is indicated as a replacement for the AFV kit. It appears to mimic the AFV part closely and should fit easily in its place. If you choose to use it as a replacement part for either the Monogram/Revell (as I've done) or the ESCI/AMT/Italeri kits (where it's really needed), you'll need to do a bit of surgery to these cockpits to fit this part, as the column boot is molded as part of the cockpit floor. Nevertheless, it's a relatively easy fix and goes a long way in dressing up the rather barren kit cockpits on these venerable kits. The Quickboost resin isn't stiff or brittle, but is easy to sand and manipulate, with just a little bit of "give" to it.

Thanks to Aries for providing IPMS with this product and IPMS/USA for giving me the opportunity to review it.

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