Quickboost has added a detailed pitot tube to their line of aftermarket parts that can be used to replace the one found in any 1/32 scale J2M Raiden kit. It has crisper and more refined detail than that found in any currently available kit. Anyone building a Raiden should be pleased with the delicate look of this detail part...so delicate that the review sample had a slightly warped curve in the thin tip (easily straightened after immersing it in hot water for a minute).
Two pitot tubes are cast in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on a single mold block. Parts can easily be separated from the casting block with a razor saw or sharp #11 X-acto blade. There is no flash, so prep work is a breeze. Installation is pretty obvious, as it is a direct replacement for the kit part. It is a good idea to rinse the piece to remove any mold release before attaching it. Because the material is resin, it is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach it to the kit’s styrene plastic.
This pitot tube is highly recommended as a quick and easy way for a modeler to enhance the detail of any 1/32 J2M Raiden.
My thanks to Aires for providing the review sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this excellent little detail part.