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  1. DH Chipmunk T.10 Main Wheels (Q48397 for Airfix) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby 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. This set from CMK’s Quick & Easy line is exactly that, and arrives in a flat-pack plastic bag with header card and instructions stapled to it, holding the two replacement resin wheels on one casting block. Detail is exceptional, and includes the raised manufacturer name and tyre stats on the sidewalls, a circumferential tread on the contact patch, and hub detail in the centre, including brakes on the inner side. The tyres have a slight sag to imply the weight of the aircraft on them, and they are joined to the casting block there, so clean-up is simple and you don’t risk damaging the detail. Once liberated from their block, they are a drop-in replacement. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. A-36/P-51/P-51A Control Surfaces Set (4434) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby For Acadmey / Acc Miniatures Kit This set allows all the wing control surfaces and the rudders to be positioned as the modeller wants. . All of the kit control surfaces will need to be cut off to use these. This set arrives in CMKs normal plastic/card box. The parts require minimal clean up from the casting blocks all on the edges that attach to the airframe, and all look to be top quality. This will add something extra to your kit Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Beaufighter Mk.VI/X/21 Main Wheels Late Wheel Disk/Smooth Tyre(7484) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby 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. This set from CMK is suitable for the Airfix kit in 1:72, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are two resin parts on tow casting blocks, consisting of two wheels.. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. A-26 Invader Wing Intakes & Gunner’s Position (Q48398 & 4432 for ICM) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby ICM brought out a much-needed new tooling in 1:48 of the A-26 Invader, a fast and light bomber that saw limited service at the end of WWII, but was so good that it continued flying in combat missions until Vietnam and beyond. We’ve seen plenty of upgrade sets for the kit already, but these two are interesting for a number of reasons. Arriving in the usual CMK clamshell boxes with green and yellow header cards and instructions within, they provide some excellent detail upgrades to your model. Wing Air Intakes (Q48398) This is one of their Quick & Easy sets, and contains just four parts in resin, namely two leading edge wing intakes, and two “buckets” to extend the radiator exhaust trunking beyond the small depression that is moulded into the underside of the kit wing. There is a little cutting of plastic of course, with the kit intakes removed at the nearest panel line to make way for the new resin parts. This is best done after the wing is joined to get the best fit and finish. That means that the exhaust trunking should be fitted into the lower wing earlier. The kit’s short prism-shaped trunks can be ground off from inside, so that it is flush with the inner wing surface, then the new part is glued over it after painting, and if you have studied the picture carefully, you will see that there is a depiction of the back of the radiator bath at the front of the trunk section. You can probably afford to paint that in a garish shiny silver to overcome the darkness in there, and together they will give your model extra visual interest, detail, and perceived depth within the wing that is well-worth the effort. Gunner’s Position (4432) This set is more complex and requires only a small amount of preparation within the fuselage halves to make space for the new resin parts to fit. There are twenty-three resin parts in total, the largest of which are additional detail skins for the fuselage interior, forward and aft bulkheads, and floor section with the remote-operation gun sight for the unmanned turrets that the Invader carried. The vertical control system is made from three parts and has a small seat placed in front of it on the floor, with a control panel behind it within reach of the gunner, including plenty of detail that is added before it is mated with the floor. The floor is slid in from the side between the two bulkheads before the fuselage is closed up, and can be seen later from the windows in the roof and on one side. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Panhard 178/AMD-35 Update set & Wheels 1:35 CMK by Special Hobby (For ICM/Revell/Tamiya kits) Armament & Ammunition Update Set (3147) This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains details for the weapons systems of the Armoured Car. There is ammunition stowage for the machine gun round magazines, and for the individual rounds for the main gun, Rounds are supplied for this. There are also empty racks for attaching inside if you dont want to fit the Ammunition drums. The last item in the set is a new front part for the kit machine gun. Wheels (3146) 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. This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains 4 wheels each on its own casting block. Here CMK have been clever with the casting block being on the inside sidewall to avoid having to clean up marks on the tread. The wheels have a slight bulge on the bottom which actually looks realistic not the large sag you sometimes see. Review samples courtesy of
  6. P-39 Aircobra Wheels (5143) 1:32 CMK by Special Hobby for Revell /Special Hobby / Kitty Hawk Kit 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. This set from CMK is suitable for their own kit, or the kits from Revell & Kitty Hawk, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are six resin parts on five casting blocks, consisting of two main wheels, two different nose wheels, plus main wheel hubs. There is also a small set of PE hubs for the nose wheel depending on the version being modelled. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Junkers Ju 88A/C Wheels - Late type (7479) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby for Revell Kit 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. This set from CMK is suitable for the Revell kit in 1:72, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are three resin parts on three casting blocks, consisting of two main wheels, and a tail wheel. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. SF-260 Italian Pilots (F72375) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby Quite often its great to have a figure, or couple of figures to add to a finished model on a base to bring it more to life. This set from CMK is for their new SF-360 kits, though it can be used for a variety of aircraft. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are the two figures. The casting is up to the usual high standards from CMK/Special Hobby with minimal clean up being needed. One of figures is wearing a parachute and the other holding a helmet. Conclusion Detail is excellent, and will add a great touch to any suitable model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Beaufighter Mk.I/VI Main wheels Early/Smooth (7480) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby 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. This set from CMK is suitable for the Airfix kit in 1:72, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are two resin parts on tow casting blocks, consisting of two wheels.. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Beaufighter Mk.I/VI Mainwheels Early/Smooth (4436) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby 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. This set from CMK is suitable for the Revell kits in 1:48, but would probably work equally as well for the older Tamiya kit. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are six resin parts on four casting blocks, consisting of two wheels and four hub parts for each side of the wheels. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. The hubs are all cast flat against their blocks, so will need to be sawn or sanded off, taking the usual precautions when handling resin. When liberated from their blocks, they slip into the sockets locating on a small nub within. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. IA-58A Pucará Wheels (4435 for Kinetic) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby 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. This set is patterned for the Kinetic kit in 1:48, and arrives in CMK’s familiar clear clamshell box with card header and a small instruction sheet within. There are five wheels and ten hubs on ten casting blocks, and on the face of it all the wheels look the same, but one is for the nose wheel and has a very thin flashed over centre and no vertical mark on the pour block, but if you look carefully, you can see a ‘4x’ written on the blocks in a transparent gloss pen. Construction is simple, and the nose wheel should have its flash removed before assembly to allow the two hub parts to meet in the centre, whilst aligning with their location pips. The main wheels are different, having brake details moulded into the axle end, inserting into the shallower side of the wheel and locating by two pips with the box shape at the bottom. The other side accepts the outer hub with its lightening holes all around, and you should take care to centralise them before the glue cures by inserting the axle side with a cocktail stick in the hole, or a pair of tweezers. There are two wheels per each main strut, while the nose wheel is alone on its leg, and all five offer excellent detail. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. F-4B Phantom Correction/Update sets (For Tamiya) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby The new Tamiya F-4B kit was a welcome addition to their line of new tool aircraft. CMK now bring us some update sets for this kit. All are cast to their usual high standards. Early Fin Tip (4431) This set brings us the early style F-4B fin tip not offered in the Tamiya kit. The set also provides a separate pose able rudder, again not available in the kit; PE hinges are included for the rudder.. Boarding ladder (4430) This set provides the drop down boarding ladder for the aircraft. A small recess will need to be cut in the kit to accept this. As it is cast flat a great deal of care will be needed to remove this part. In Flight Re-fuelling Probe (4429) If you want to open up some panels on your F-4B at the front this set offers the modeller the chance to put in the extendable in flight refueling probe. Obviously a hole will need to be cut in the kit to accept this. Review samples courtesy of
  13. F-16MLU Fighting Falcon Correction/Update sets (For Revell) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby The Revell 1.72 F-16 kits are the best out there. Now CMK now bring us some update sets for this kit. All are cast to their usual high standards. Gun Bay (7472) Despite the name this does not bring us the main gun bay, but the bay behind where the ammunition drum is housed. As well as the bay, and the drum the outer cover panel is provided. The kit will have to be cut in this asrea. Wheel Bays (7471) This set brings us shockingly enough the main, and front wheel bays. These are direct replacements for the kit parts, just with more detail, the main bay will need to be built up before adding in. Review samples courtesy of
  14. F-18E/F Hornet Control Surfaces Set (7477 for Academy Kit) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby This set allows all the wing control surfaces and the rudders to be positioned as the modeller wants. These jets are often seen on carrier decks with everything extended. All of the kit control surfaces will need to be cut off to use these. This set arrives in CMKs normal plastic/card box. The parts require minimal clean up from the casting blocks all on the edges that attach to the airframe, and all look to be top quality. This will add something extra to your kit Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. P-40K/M/N Warhawk Late fishtail Exhausts (Q72396 for Special Hobby Kits) 1:72 CMK Quick & Easy by Special Hobby Exhausts are one of the things which look a great deal better in resin than injected plastic. Here the exhaust stubs are in pairs and must be added to their manifolds, a little fiddly in this scale but well worth the effort. The parts are very well cast. This set arrives in CMK’s Quick and Easy green backed envelope. it requires minimal clean up from the small casting blocks. This will add something extra to your Warhawk. Review sample courtesy of
  16. DH.82 Tiger Moth Correction/Update sets (For ICM) 1:32 CMK by Special Hobby The new ICM Tiger Moth kit was a welcome addition to their 1/32 line of new tool aircraft. CMK now bring us some update sets for this kit. All are cast to their ususal high standards. Main Wheels & Tailskid (5139) This set brings us the main wheels with sag in the tyres (perhaps a bit too much?) there are also two different sets of inner wheel hubs, and three different sets of outer wheel hubs including a pair with the DH logo, There is in addition a new tail skid from a harder resin material. Instrument Panels with Compasses and Coaming (5140) This set replaces both cockpits instrument panels and coamings. There are new compasses included with OE mounting brackets. A sheet of decals provides individual instruments for both panels. Luggage Box (5137) If you want tot open up some panels on your Tiger Moth then this set allows you to open up the luggage area behind the rear cockpit. As well as all the structure for the area an item of luggage is also provided to fill the bay. Correction Propeller (5138) This is a new drop in replacement propeller with separate front and rear hubs. Review samples courtesy of
  17. Bf 109E Engine Set (7455 for Special Hobby & Eduard Kits) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby As nice as the new Special Hobby 109s are the engine in the kits is a more basic plastic one. Here in their CMK line they now bring us a resin engine and a pair of cowls for the kit. Some modification of the kit parts will be needed, but this is only minor. As well as the engine and cowl you get a new engine firewall (to which the kit instrument panel fits), new engine bearers and exhausts. Once in the aircraft there are also a pair of machine guns which are prominent on top of the engine when the cowl is removed. There are also a couple of smaller engine parts including a tropical filter. This set arrives in a sturdy box with some foam peanuts inside to protect the contents. The parts require minimal clean up from the small casting blocks, and all look to be top quality. This will add something extra to your 1/72 109. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Beaufighter Mk.21 Conversion Set (4406 for Revell) & British Hedgehog Exhausts (Q38386 for Revell) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Revell released a new tooling of the Beaufighter in 1:48 in 2018, with a few reboxings happening since then. There are some additions and conversions not yet covered though, and Special Hobby have identified a few areas that could be of use to us modellers. DAP Beaufighter Mk.21 Conversion Set (4406 for Revell) The Mk.21 was a variant made in Australia where it saw extensive service against the Japanese forces, fitted with Hercules XVII engines, four .50cal machine guns in the wings, plus four 20mm cannons in the nose that gave it a deadly punch, tightly concentrated centrally in the direction of flight. They could also carry torpedoes, HVAR rockets and small bombs under the wings. It was referred to as the DAP Beaufighter, as the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) were the instigators of the type, while the Japanese had the name “Whispering Death” for it, thanks to its fast, silent and deadly approach. Fewer than 400 were made from 1944 and remained in service until after the war in the Pacific ended. This conversion set arrives in a small cardboard box, with a bag of resin and vacformed parts within, another bag with two small sheets of decals, plus a short instruction leaflet. The exhausts are replaced by resin short hedgehog units of two different styles, and the nose is given its hump by cutting the front off the kit canopy just forward of the windscreen, plus a little of the nose skin as per the accompanying diagram. The resin nose hump fits into that space and the kit canopy is reused after its trimming. The DAP specific observer’s dome in the fuselage spine is supplied as two vacform parts, of which you only need one unless you make a mistake. Fill the depression in the vacform with Blutak and cut it carefully, checking fit frequently as you go along, trimming it as necessary. The decals are printed by Special Hobby, and have good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The red centres are missed off the roundels by design, as any red on a wing could be mistaken for a Japanese Hinomaru in the excitement of combat. There are decal options for two of the type, which were painted in a foliage green colour all over. From the set you can build either of the following: SK-N/A8-116 dubbed Babs/Pistol Packin’ Gremlin, NO.93 Sqn., RAAF. Borneo, Aug. 1945 DU-A/A8-27, named Rockabye Babey, Morotai, 1945 The set shouldn’t tax the average modeller, with just the observer blister perhaps giving a little pause for thought. Don’t be too concerned, just treat it like any other modelling task and take your time. British-type Hedgehog Exhausts (Q48386 for Revell) This set from CMK’s Quick & Easy range arrives in CMK's familiar clear vacformed box, with the resin parts safely inside, and the instructions sandwiched between the header card at the rear. It includes two resin Hedgehog exhausts that replace the kit parts if you are building the new(ish) Revell kit as an airframe that utilised them. They are drop-in replacements and a diagram on the instruction sheet shows just how easy it is. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. DH.82 Blind Flying Hood (Q48382 for Airfix) 1:48 CMK Quick & Easy by Special Hobby Blind flying hoods are used on Training aircraft to simulate instrument training while not having to fly at night or in bad weather. On the Tiger Moth this fits stowed behind the rear cockpit and pulls forward. This set arrives in CMK’s Quick and Easy green backed envelope. it requires minimal clean up from the small this casting block. This will add something extra to your Airfix Tiger Moth. Net photo to show n use from The History page on DH.82 N-5490 Review sample courtesy of
  20. T-34 Makeshift Wheels & T-34/85 Solid Wheels (for Tamiya) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby T-34 Makeshift Track Wheel (From Panther) (8061) Necessity is the mother of invention as they say, and there is probably no more place this comes into its own than on the battlefield. No doubt on battlefields all over tank crews have fixed their mounts with whatever they could find. Some enterprising Russian Tank crew or maintenance depot saw they could replace T-34 road wheels with those scavenged from a wrecked panther. This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains the two main wheels on a single casting block with a centre locating part, the outer cap being from the kit. The parts are well cast and will add a certian detail to you 1/48 T-34 that will have other modellers asking questions no doubt. Recommended if you want something a little different on your T-34. T-34/85 Solid Track Wheels Conversion (8060) The excellent Tamiya 1/48 T-34/85 comes with full spider type wheels. This set from CMK replaces these with the late Type Dished Wheels. These we seen on some late war vehicles, but more typically on post war vehicles. This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains 10 sets of two main wheels on a single casting block with a centre locating part, the outer cap being from the kit. The parts are well cast and will add a certain detail to your 1/48 T-34. Recommended if you want a late war or post war T-34 Review samples courtesy of
  21. Fiat CR.42 Falco Main Wheels (5141 for ICM) 1:32 CMK by Special Hobby 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. This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains the two main wheels on two casting blocks that join the parts at the bottom contact patch of each tyre. They are a drop-in replacement for the kit parts once you have removed them from their pouring block, and the wheels have a fine tread. The makers name detail is found on the sidewalls. There is some less than subtle weighting to the bottom of the tyres to give the impression of the airframe pressing down on the highly compressed air in the tyres. This seems over done to the reviewers taste. Recommended if you are planning on doing a CR.42 without the wheels being encased in the spats. Review sample courtesy of
  22. A-26 Invader Late Type (7473 for Italeri) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby 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. This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains three wheels on a single casting blocks that join the parts at the bottom contact patch of each tyre. They are a drop-in replacement for the kit parts once you have removed them from their pouring block, and all the wheels have a fine tread. The Good Year name detail is found on the sidewalls. There is some subtle weighting to the bottom of the tyres to give the impression of the airframe pressing down on the highly compressed air in the tyres. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. A-20/DB-7C Boston RAAF Crew (F72374) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby Quite often its great to have a figure, or couple of figures to add to a finished model on a base to bring it more to life. This set from CMK is for a Boston, though it can be used for a variety of Allied WWII aircraft. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are the two figures. The casting is up to the usual high standards from CMK/Special Hobby with minimal clean up being needed. One of the arms for the second figure is moulded away from the figure to be removed and added, apart from that no other work is needed. Conclusion Detail is excellent, and will add a great touch to any suitable model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Junkers Ju 88A/C Wheels Early Type (7478 for Revell) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby 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. This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains three wheels on three casting blocks that join the parts at the bottom contact patch of each tyre. They are a drop-in replacement for the kit parts once you have removed them from their pouring block, and all the main wheels have a fine tread. The Continental name detail is found on the sidewalls. There is some subtle weighting to the bottom of the tyres to give the impression of the airframe pressing down on the highly compressed air in the tyres. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Beaufighter Hedgehog Exhausts – British/Australian (Q48386 & Q48387 for Revell) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby The Beaufighter was used extensively as a night fighter due to its heavy centreline concentrated armament and capability to carry a dedicated radar operator in a cramped compartment in the fuselage, so damping any flames coming from the exhausts was important for two reasons. It was crucial for the pilot to retain his night vision during flight, as any bright lights could spoil his sight for up to 20 minutes, leaving the aircraft vulnerable and the chances of them finding a target reduced. It was also imperative that the aircraft was effectively invisible to both the bombers they were hunting and other enemy night fighters that may have accompanied the bombers, for obvious reasons. Hedgehog flame dampers got their nickname because of the small triangular spikes that covered the length of the extension, reminiscent of a hedgehog’s quills (vaguely). The extension contained the exhaust gases until they were out of the pilot’s eyeline, and dissipated them through various exits allowing them to cool sufficiently so that there was little if any flame coming from the rear. The Beau and many other types wore this style of exhaust, and they differed slightly between variants. British Type (Q48386 for Revell) The British exhausts were simply extensions to the exhaust stub, and are a drop-in fit to the aft of the cowlings, with a tapering tube facing toward the tail, ending in a point. They attach to their pour stubs on the inner face, so any mistakes removing them for the single block won’t matter much. Beaufighter Mk.21 – Australian type (Q48387 for Revell/others) Each damper on this set is supplied on a separate casting block with ancillary parts included that give you two options. They fit into the back of the cowlings as per the set above, but they are cylindrical and have stoppers at the rear for one version, or a stopper plus two feed pipes back into the cowling for the other option. Again, the parts are coupled to their blocks via the backside, and removal from their stubs is easy, even with a few passes from a sharp blade, which I tried successfully out of curiosity. Review sample courtesy of
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