F4F Wildcat Pitot Tubes

Published: March 7th, 2014     
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Product package
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle - IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
Price: $6.50
Product / Stock #: 48576
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

Upfront, I want to thank Aires and Quickboost for providing these fine aftermarket bits for our beloved models and to the IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review this Quickboost product.

Admittedly I am proud of the fact I love the stubby World War II fighter. The Rita, Buffalo and certainly the Grumman Wildcat. I have several in my stash including the Hobby Boss and Tamiya 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcats kits.

I snagged the Quickboost pitots for the Wildcat before even looking closely at the pitot tubes. Both kits are F4F-4's and thus use the stubby angled pitot tube mounted near the port wingtip. No problem here, Quickboost provides both the angled pitot found on the F4F-4 as well as the longer straight version found on the F4F-3's. Just a quick look at the comparison photos you will see the resin replacement parts are much less bulky and more defined than the stock parts. Unfortunately I don't have a F4F-3 to compare the longer style pitot.

Like other Quickboosts parts I've used in the past, the Wildcat pitot tubes are very well detailed, free of air bubbles and after a quick cleanup to remove the mold release agent were ready for primer. You will want to be careful while cleaning up the pitot tubes as they are very delicate. The attachment stubs were very thin and it is very easy to remove from the part from the pour stub.

Highly recommended!

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