The HobbyBoss IAR-80 is a nice kit. There are some limitations when dealing with plastic. One of those limitations is the inability to mold things like cooling vents on gun barrels and the need to keep the parts round and also keep the small barrels out of the end of the vents. I can’t seem to do any of those things effectively. So why not use resin barrels as they are simple and easy to use?
Molded on a light grey pour block are four gun barrels with perfectly formed cooling jackets and the guns themselves protruding nicely out of the front of the cooling jackets. The kit guns are just round tubes sticking out of the wings. There is no detail and they are very simplified. You have to remove the kit guns and drill holes for the new guns. The Quickboost guns are significantly better than the kit ones. Removal of the guns from the resin pour block is easy enough just paint and add to the model. Simple and effective, just like most of Quickboost’s products.
Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copies. You can obtain yours by contacting them at www.quickboost.net or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.