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F4F-3 Wildcat Cowling


P-51 Mustang Exhausts


Quickboost, 1/72 scale


S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Quickboost QB72020 Tamiya P-51 D Exhausts
Quickboost QB72024 Hasagawa F4F-3 Cowling.
Price: QB72020 Tamiya P-51 D Exhausts 2.30
QB72024 Hasagawa F4F-3 Cowling 3.00
from retailers worldwide including Hannants
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: Grey coloured resin packed in a resealable bag
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Incredibly well cast and, in the case of the Mustang, a straight replacement part.
Disadvantages: Some surgery required in the case of the Hasegawa Wildcat (you have to cut the old cowling off).
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Glen Porter

Quickboost's 1/72 scale F4F-3 Cowling and P-51D Exhausts
will be available online from Squadron.com




I know I have said this before, but I think these Quickboost sets are the best resin castings I have ever seen. The finish is so good that until you notice the casting blocks, you will think they are injection moulded plastic. These two are simple sets with no instructions required.

I confess that on first inspection of the Mustang exhausts, I wondered why they had bothered as they look exactly the same as the kit parts, and we all know how good Tamiya's moulding is. However, on closer inspection I noticed that the pipes are all perfectly drilled out. Aha! Just remove the casting blocks, clean up the under-side and they fit straight in.



With a bit of modification, they could probably be used on the Academy and Revell P-51 B/Cs as well.

The second set, for the Hasegawa F4F Wildcat, is the cowling with the carburetor intake moved inside. This can be used to convert a Hasegawa F4F-4 to the non-folding wing F4F-3 along with other mods. The only disadvantage with this is that the cowling on the Hasegawa model is moulded onto the fuselage halves so they have to be cut off. Other than that, this conversion cowling will fit straight on after removing the casting block and cleaning it up.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample

Text Copyright 2006 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright 2006 by Hannants
Page Created 27 April, 2006
Last updated 26 April, 2006

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