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  1. F6F Hellcat Wheel Sets 1-5 (for Airfix) 1:24 Halberd Models Halberd Models’ new(ish) flexible resin tyre sets require a slightly different method of construction to standard resin wheels, so I’ll refer you back to my initial review in 2019 here, which explains the process and design ethos in more detail. It also has a link to a video that shows the process fully, so if you’re unsure about how to use flexible resin tyres it’s worth a read. The assemblies are a drop-in replacement for the kit parts, so they should glue straight onto the landing gear axles, but it's always wise to test and adjust as necessary, as you'll be using either epoxy or super-glue to attach them because resin doesn't adhere with styrene glue. The tyres will deform slightly under weight, just enough to give them a more realistic look, but not so much that they'll look in dire need of more air before the next mission. This group of sets from Halberd are for the big Airfix Hellcat Superkit released early last year, and believe it or not there were a choice of five different treads on the tyres fitted to the Hellcat during its career, so check your references and choose the most appropriate one for your needs from the available sets. Andrey sent us a full set of #5 and an example of each of the other tread patterns, as the resin parts are the same for all sets. Diamond Tread #1 2435 Circumferential Tread #2 2436 Block Tread #3 2437 Oval Tread #4 2438 Cross Tread #5 2439 Construction is the same for each set and involves removing the centre section of the flexible tyres and final clean-up with a burr in your motor tool, then gluing the three-part hubs into the two main wheel tyres with optional alternative back plates, and the small two-part hubs for the tail wheel. The spoked hubcap has flash across the interstices, so this also needs to be removed, showing off the deep interior of the hub to great effect. Once painted they should look very realistic, and the flexible tyres can be painted and or weathered if you wish with latex based acrylic paints, which have flexibility to match the elastic properties of the resin. Highly recommended. They’re currently being sold direct to customers via their Facebook page and through their distributors worldwide. Review sample courtesy of
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