Published on
December 21, 2015
Review Author(s)
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$6.50
Product / Stock #
QB 48663
Base Kit
Hobbyboss
Company: Quickboost - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Quickboost - Website: Visit Site

The Aircraft

The F4U-5 Corsair was a 1945 design modification first flown in mid-December 1945. It was intended to increase the overall performance, incorporate pilots' suggestions, and featured a more powerful Pratt and Whitney R-2800-32(E) engine with a two-stage supercharger rated at a maximum of 2,850 hp. Other improvements included automatic blower controls, cowl flaps, intercooler doors and oil cooler for the engine, spring tabs for the elevators and rudder, a completely modernized cockpit, a completely retractable tail wheel, and heated cannon bays and pitot head. The cowling was lowered two degrees to help with forward visibility, but perhaps most striking, it was the first variant to feature all-metal wings

The Resin Parts

Injected-molded plastic kits do have some limitations when forming small details. Often times these details may not replicate the parts exactly, have difficult to remove mold lines, or may be fragile.

The Quickboost set replaces the plastic antenna parts in the Hobby Boss F4U-5 Corsair. The two radar altimeter antennas on the kit are molded as part of the left fuselage half: these would never survive the construction of the kit. They should be removed so that the bottom fuselage seam can be properly finished. Great place for a replacement antenna.

Although quite fine and fragile, the Quickboost antenna replacement parts are recommended to replace the kit parts. The resin parts should be painted separately and installed after the main kit has been assembled, painted, decaled, and weathered to avoid possible damage. I will submit a follow up review of these parts installed when I build the Hobby Boss F4U-5.

Thank you to Aires-Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the opportunity of reviewing this excellent aftermarket resin set.

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