Quickboost now offers model builders a set of gun barrels and pitot tube to replace those in Trumpeter’s 1:48 scale MiG-3 (Late) kit. The MiG-3 was armed with three machine guns: one 12.7 mm UBS heavy machine gun and two 7.62 mm mm ShKAS machine guns.
The Quickboost gun barrels are impressive. They have hollow openings, the detail is very crisp and there are no injection molding seam lines for the modeler to eliminate. The pitot tube also is impressive. It is thinner than the kit part and correctly detailed for the under wing installation of the late type MiG-3.
The parts are cast in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on a single mold block. Because of the delicate nature of all of the parts, the casting block has raised bars on each end to protect the parts from damage in the package. The parts can easily be separated from the casting block with a sharp #11 x-acto blade. The scrap area on the casting block that should be removed is indicated on the illustration printed on the package card in a gray tone.
There is no flash, so prep work is a breeze. Installation is pretty obvious because these parts are direct replacements for the kit parts. Remember, it is a good idea to rinse the resin parts in warm soapy water to remove any mold release residue before installing them. Because the material is resin, it is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach these parts to the kit’s styrene plastic.
This set is highly recommended as a quick and easy way for modelers to enhance the detail of a 1/48 scale Trumpeter MiG-3 (Late).
My thanks to Aires-Quickboost for the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this excellent detail set.