Quickboost is known for producing high quality, molded resin replacement parts for many model kits from most manufacturers. The current Airfix kits are produced from new molds, and are exceptionally well molded and nicely detailed on their own. However, with the limitations inherent in the injection molding process, some parts can be improved with resin parts, which can be molded with a greater level of detail and accuracy. Quickboost now offers a set of resin replacement engines for the Airfix C-47 Skytrain kit. The kit engines are three separate plastic parts, including the front and rear cylinder banks and the gear case (the propeller shaft is also a separate part, which fits inside the gear case). The Quickboost resin replacements are molded as one piece, with cylinder banks and gear case all together. While the cylinders are smooth on the kit part, the Quickboost replacement engines are more accurate with finely molded fins on the cylinders.
The Su-9 was a Soviet interceptor from the later 1950s until the late 1970s. It superseded by the Su-15 Flagon and Mig-25 Foxbat. Often mistaken for a Mig-21 because of the delta wing, it was in fact a much larger aircraft with greater range. It was the second Sukhoi fighter with the Su-9 numerical designation, the first being a prototype early twin engine early jet fighter similar to the Me-262 which never saw service. The Su-9 shared an airframe and engine with the Su-7 Fitter, the aircraft being developed somewhat in parallel. It only saw service with the Soviet Air Force (VVS) and was never exported.
This is the first aircraft kit I have built made by Dragon and I must say I was most impressed once I cracked open the box. In the box is:
- 8 sprues molded in light grey
- 1 clear sprue
- 2 small sheets of Photo etch parts
- Two rubber wheel bay housings
- 1 decal sheet
- 1 instruction booklet
The sprues are well molded with no visible flash, well positioned ejector pin marks. The detail is very fine and crisp. The panels are all great and even vary in depth at the right places on the parts.
Eduard continues to expand its line of WWII 1/48 Superfabric seatbelts. This time with a set of USN Beige WWII-era seatbelts.
The Superfabric seatbelts are made of some sort of “rubber-like” material. They have volume - i.e, they are not flat like decals - and they have a little bit of texture like if it they were made of ‘fabric’ (pun intended).
From what I read in the Eduard website you can either apply the seatbelts “dry” directly on the painted seatbelt or “wet” if the seatbelt has been coated in Future.
I choose to apply the seatbealts over a “flat surface” (i.e, just over enamel paint).
This sheet is the third of three limited edition sheets produced by Lifelike Decals for the Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-27 Fighter (code-named “Nate” by the Allies). The sheet provides markings for seven different aircraft from the Japanese Army. The set includes color side views of all six aircraft illustrating the left side markings of each aircraft and overhead views showing the wing markings of the various aircraft. One of the aircraft features a cool scalloped black tail that also covers the horizontal stabilizers and Lifelike includes a paper template that you can use to make masks for the tail of this aircraft.