Hurricane Rotol Propeller (with Rotol and Spitfire spinner) and tool

Published on
August 14, 2012
Review Author(s)
Product / Stock #
Base Kit
Italeri 1/48 Hurricane Mk. I
Company: Quickboost - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Quickboost - Website: Visit Site
Detail Parts

QB 48446 (Rotol Spinner) and QB 48447 (Spitfire Spinner), each $6.50

The Italeri Hurricane is getting a lot of attention from the aftermarket manufactures. Quickboost has released two resin Rotol propellers for it. One of the sets has the typical Rotol spinner (more pointed); the other set has a Spitfire spinner (more blunt). I’ve read that during the Battle of Britain there were some Hurricanes fitted with Spitfire spinners.

A nice feature of these aftermarket sets is the provision of a “tool” to ensure the proper pitch of all the propeller blades. After sanding off the back of the spinners, the tool provides you with a “seat” for the spinner, and then you only need to tack the propeller blade in place with a drop of superglue.

A simple way to ensure perfect axial alignment of the propeller is to use the hole provided in the tool. I choose to extend the hole from the top (instead of sanding the casting block from the bottom) and then just use the same drill bit with the spinner in place (being held with my finger). It probably took me less than 5 minutes to have the propeller ready for assembly (including sanding time).

These aftermarket sets are very easy to work with and provide “drop-in” replacement parts for those modelers who so desire. The propeller blades are thinner than the plastic parts and have a more “to scale” appearance.

Recommended for modelers comfortable working with resin. Thanks to the addition of the tool, these sets could be a good option to wet your feet if you have never work with resin before.

I would like to thank Aires, Quickboost, and IPMS/USA for the review samples.


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