Quickboost provides Su-9 air scoops consisting of eight parts. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses making the parts easy to review and then stuff securely back into the package. The supplied instructions address the replacement of the corresponding Trumpeter parts.
Quickboost has molded the air scoops perfectly in tan resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost air scoops provide no mold seams to sand off on these tiny parts along with the superior detail.
Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. They will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.
I used a photoetch saw to remove the eight parts from the resin sprue. You can immediately see that the Quickboost parts (1 & 2) do not match up exactly with the Trumpeter parts (D10 & D11). These scoops are just below the wing where Trumpeter provides a slight indentation that matches up to their ventral air scoops (D10 & D11). The Quickboost parts (1 & 2) do represent the Su-11 at the Russian Air Force Museum at Monino, Red 68 (you can easily check out the two walk arounds at http://scalemodels.ru ). There are also photos that represent the ventral scoop as depicted by Trumpeter on other Su-11 aircraft. To use the Quickboost parts (1 & 2) you will need to open up the fuselage to place Quickboost part 1 flush with the fuselage. Quickboost part 2 will then mount on top and to the rear with the scoop facing forward. The panel supporting the ventral scoops will also need modification on the Trumpeter fuselage. The remaining air scoops are direct replacements for the corresponding Trumpeter parts.
Interestingly, Quickboost does not address Trumpeter part D2 which looks suspiciously like an air scoop just in front of the starboard wing just below the titanium panel (and is present on Red 68). Other models of the Su-11 (not Red 68) also had an additional four air scoops above and below the horizontal stabilizer.
Total prep time for all eight parts was under ten minutes, although installation of the ventral air scoops (Quickboost 1 & 2) will take a bit longer depending on how you open up the hole in the fuselage.
This product is a good way to enhance your Su-9 Fishpot and well worth the time and cost. This product is highly recommended due to the superior appearance of the Aires parts and attention to detail.
Thanks to Aires Hobby Models / Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.
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