Lockheed Hudson Mk. IV/V Correct Cowlings

Published: September 27th, 2013     
Parts Package
Parts Package
Reviewed by: 
Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost
Price: $8.50
Product / Stock #: QB 72 419

Quickboost now offers a pair of resin engine cowlings for the 1/72 scale Italeri Mk.IV/V Hudson kit.  The Quickboost cowlings are one-piece moldings that are designed to be drop-in replacements for the kit's two-piece cowlings. After the engines are attached to the nacelles, the one-piece cowlings simply slide over the engines.  There does not appear to be any effort on Quickboost's part to improve upon the excellent details molded into the kit parts. Instead, the purpose of these replacement cowlings is simply to ease kit construction by avoiding the need to assemble the pieces and clean up the two seams along the centerline of each of the cowlings when the kit parts are used, thus avoiding the need to replace/rescribe details.  See the comparison photo below of the Quickboost cowling (on the right) to the Italeri kit's two-piece cowling parts (on the left).

The parts are molded in Quickboost's familiar gray resin on reasonably small circular casting blocks. The quality of the molding is flawless, with no bubbles, pinholes, or flash to deal with.  A sharp #11 X-Acto blade or razor saw blade is the recommended tool for removing the parts from the casting block...and a careful swipe with a sanding stick can dress up the cut edges if necessary.  However, it is important to be careful when dressing up the edge of the cowlings after removing them from the casting blocks to maintain the uniform circular shape of the cowl front opening.

Note that, because Quickboost aftermarket parts are cast in resin, they must be attached with super glue or epoxy cement.

This well-detailed replacement set is recommended.  I appreciate Quickboost providing the review sample and thank IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

  • Quickboost cowls
    Quickboost cowls
  • Comparison with kit cowl parts
    Comparison with kit cowl parts