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Beaufighter Mk.VI/X/21 Main Wheels Late Wheel Disk/Smooth Tyre(7484) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby


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Beaufighter Mk.VI/X/21 Main Wheels Late Wheel Disk/Smooth Tyre(7484)

1:72 CMK by Special Hobby

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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