T-28 Trojan Airbrake
The North American T-28 Trojan began life as the primary trainer for the US Air Force in the 1950s. It was so successful that the US Navy and Marines soon obtained their own versions. In fact, the T-28 was such a good plane that they found their way into over 25 countries in one capacity or other. A total of 393 earlier versions were converted to the -D version. These were employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft by the USAF and South Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam War. They were also used by the CIA in parts of Africa, as well as other countries throughout the world. The -D version had a more powerful engine and stronger wings to support six underwing hardpoints carrying up to 4,000 pounds of stores.
Quickboost has released a beautiful replacement of the airbrake on the 1/48 Roden T-28D Trojan (kit # 450). This part is molded in a medium gray resin. It is seamless, smooth, and no bubbles can be found. Clean up is minimal. However, extreme care should be exercised when removing the parts from the pour plug. This is particularly true for the actuators, as they are very small and brittle. (I can attest to the fact that they will break under the slightest stress.) The resin airbrake is so much thinner than the kit part and the holes are a little crisper. Speaking of the holes, they come with some very thin flashing that needs to be removed. Again, be careful doing this. There are no instructions in the package, but, that’s OK. The resin parts fit exactly like the kit parts, so use the kit instructions.
The Quickboost airbrake is much closer to scale thickness than the kit brake. With the airbrake in the extended position, this will be noticeable. Overall, the Quickboost part has a sharpness and scale about it not found on the kit part. Coupling these characteristics with the cost, it is easy for me to say I highly recommend this item.
I’d like to thank Quickboost for this review item and thank IPMS/USA for the chance to do the review.