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F-8 Crusader Scoops


Quickboost, 1/48 scale


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Catalogue Number and Description Quickboost QB 48 028 - F6F Hellcat Engine
Price: 3.30 available directly from http://www.quickboost.net/catalogue.htm  or at http://www.modelchoice.net
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Two pieces in grey coloured resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent casting; accurate; specifically designed as a simple replacement for Hasegawa kit parts; affordable
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

Quickboost's 1/48 Scale F-8 Crusader Air Scoops
will be available online from Squadron.com



Quickboost is another newcomer to the seemingly crowded world of resin aftermarket aircraft details sets.  Well, a newcomer yes, but in name only as they are an offshoot of the Czech based Aires Hobby Models, arguably the best producer of mixed-media detail sets. 

The rationale behind Quickboost is to allow Aires to release small parts to the modeller rather than having him (or her) purchase a comprehensive set to just use one part. 

QB 48 028 is a perfect example of this.  The set comprises two hollowed-out resin afterburner cooling scoops for the 1/48 scale Hasegawa F-8 Crusader.  These scoops were fitted to the aft fuselage tail cones of F-8C and subsequent variants of the Crusader.  The scoops directed cooling ram air to the exhaust nozzle and aft fuselage engine bay. 

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Hasegawa provides these scoops as a solid piece and being solid, they really don't look right at all.  Sure, you can apply modelling skills, a sharp modelling knife and/or a Dremel tool to the parts and hollow them out or you can have done with it and purchase this Quickboost set. 

The scoops are moulded in mid grey resin and are perfectly cast without pinholes or flash.  At first glance, the scoops look to be identical to the kit parts but on closer examination, they appear to be more refined, slimmer in the waist and more true to the originals.  The surface of the scoops is smooth and shiny which augers well as you will have to finish them in your choice of natural metal paint as the one-to-one-scale ones are made of aluminum and were not painted at all. 

The parts come paced in a re-sealable cellophane bag with a stiff piece of card and a folded instruction sheet.

Quickboost's website, http://www.quickboost.net/catalogue.htm lists the set at 3.30, or around $5.30 Aussie dollars, very reasonable as far as I'm concerned. 

Having already gone the modelling route once and having managed to ruin one of the scoops, I know what I will be doing for my next F-8 project! 


Thanks to Aires for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright 2006 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 06 March, 2006
Last updated 06 March, 2006

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