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A-26K Counter Invader
Cowls and Engines
Gun Barrels

Quickboost, 1/72 scale

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Quickboost 72023 - A-26K Counter Invader Gun Barrels
Quickboost 72028 - A-26K Counter Invader Corrected Cowlings and Engines
Price: 72023 3.00 from retailers worldwide including Hannants
72028 4.85 from retailers worldwide including Hannants
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: Grey coloured resin - see text for details
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent casting; spectacular detail; simple parts breakdown; more accurate than kit parts; simple replacement
Disadvantages: DIY pushrods and ignition harness for engines
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


Quickboost's 1/72 scale A-26K Counter Invader Accessories
will be available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

Quickboost has released its first boxed set - a set of replacement engines and cowlings for the new 1/72 scale Italeri A-26K Counter Invader.

Early reviews of Italeri's A-26K have noted the poor detail of the kit engines, and the atypical nacelles fitted to the model. Quickboost's engine update addresses both of these issues with complete replacement engines and nacelles.

The shape and detail of the resin parts are greatly superior to their kit counterparts in terms of both accuracy and detail.

 

 

Quickboost supplies 14 parts in grey resin.

The engines are quite incredible. They are cast in one piece each, incorporating the complex design of two rows plus base, crankcase and beautifully fine cooling fin detail on each cylinder. Magnetos and distributors are supplied separately. Exhaust ejector detail on the rear nacelle parts are very crisply rendered too.

Detail on all of these parts, but the engines in particular, would be very good even in 1/48 scale. In 1/72 scale they are little short of astounding.

Care will be required when removing the four nacelle parts from their casting blocks. A fine razor saw will be the best tool for this job.

The only omission is pushrods and ignition harnesses for the engines. The dedicated superdetailer will be able to add these from fine rod and wire.

Quickboost has also separately released a set of eight gun barrels for the Italeri A-26K Invader. These are also perfectly cast, and will nicely enhance the prominent gun nose of the kit.

Let us hope that Quickboost also have wheels, a replacement fin and a two-pilot cockpit waiting in the wings for future release too!

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample


Text and Images Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 04 April, 2006
Last updated 04 April, 2006

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