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Mike

Wheels for Su-34, He.219 & SE.5a (Hobby Boss, Tamiya & Eduard 1:48)

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Mike    10,668

Wheels for Su-34, He.219 & SE.5a (Hobby Boss, Tamiya & Eduard)

1:48 Eduard Brassin

 

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Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department.  That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument.  They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement.  As usual with Eduard's resin sets, they arrive in the familiar Brassin clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.

 

 

Su-34 Wheels (648326 for Hobby Boss)

The Fullback is quite well-endowed when it comes to wheels, with each gear leg having a pair dangling from it.  The set includes the two large wheels for each main gear leg, which have separate two-part hubs and fit directly to the kit axles.  The twin nose wheels are both single parts, and have a delicate resin mudguard made from two parts, with a PE mudflap along the bottom edge, and two small PE parts on the rear of the guard.  A sheet of kabuki tape pre-cut with the donut shape masks for each of the hubs completes the package, and should result in a substantial improvement to detail.

 

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He.219 Wheels (648328 for Tamiya)

Tamiya's lovely kit of the Uhu has been around for donkey's years, but this is a welcome set for any of us with it in their stash (it was one of the first kits I bought when returning to the hobby).  For rough field landings, the Owl was fitted with twin main wheels, and these are replicated in resin with gloriously crisp diamond tread and hub detail, while the single nose wheel is smooth, but has equally good detail on the tyre sidewall and hub.  The latter fits between the two-part yoke on the nose gear leg, and as you would expect, all five wheels have donut shaped kabuki tape masks pre-cut for your convenience.

 

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SE.5a Wheels (648333 for Eduard)

Patterned for Eduard's own kit reviewed here, they improve on the detail of the kit parts, adding a more realistic rendition of the spoked wheel under the fabric cover, with each spoke having a slight dip between it and the next one.  Two wheels are in the box, with kabuki tape masks to match, and a small decal sheet is supplied with manufacturer's details for the side of the skinny tyres, which were stamped with "Palmer Cord Aero Tyres 700 x 70".

 

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