UMM-USA continues it tradition of innovative and useful tools with part MN040, a Flexible Scribing Ruler. What comes in the package it a 6.5-inch-long thin stainless steel ruler. I say ruler but there are really no demarcation lines on it like what is usually thought of as a ruler. But that does not affect its use at all. This can be used in combination with any of the UMM-USA scribing tools or the Template Scriber. The ruler is 0.08mm (about 0.003 inches) thick and is very flexible and strong and can work on curved surfaces.
Hauler is offering a set of replacement wheels for the Tamiya Sd Type 16 in 48th scale.
The Hauler wheels are boxed in a study cardboard box and stored in a small zip lock bag within. There are eight wheels contained in the box, two wheels marked as “A”, two as “B”, two as “C”, and two as “D”.
There are no “instructions” contained in the box, nor is there a need for an instruction sheet.
The wheels are each attached to an individual block of resin with the alpha I.D. for that wheel molded on the resin block. The wheel can be quickly removed from the resin block with a razor saw without any damage being done to the tread on the tires.
The Hauler website has an insignificant error on it, which identifies the resin wheels as “photo-etched”. The wheels are, indeed, resin.
The detailed tread on the tires speaks to the excellent quality of the product.
Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will look at a set of tires for 1/48th F4U Corsairs. This set of tires is labeled as “Late Ribbed Thread (Late 50s) Wheels Set”. If your Corsair is modeled after an aircraft in use in the late 1950’s then these wheels are for you!
The product package will be very familiar to Brengun fans. The envelope consists of a clear material which allows for an excellent view of the two tires within. The familiar red Brengun data card and a piece of thick black cardstock keeps the wheels safe from harm.
Each of the two resin tires is molded as a single piece. There are no seams and therefore, there is no mold ridge to file down along the circumference of the tires. There is a portion of each tire that is “flattened”, so be sure to put that flat surface into contact with the “ground”.
As with most Brengun wheel sets, this set arrives in a clear plastic “sleeve”. Within are the two sprues with the tires and rim covers for those tires. A small paper serves as the instruction sheet. A thicker rectangle of black paper gives the plastic “sleeve” more rigidity, protecting the 4 resin parts.
The instructions are very useful, showing the angle of the landing gear struts to the “ground”, giving the modeler an “assist” in getting the flat surface of the tires and the gear legs in the proper position.
The tires are cast as a single piece, avoiding any seam along the circumference of the tire where it to be molded in halves. It will be necessary to clean up portions of the tire tread where it is attached to the sprue. A quick scraping with an Xacto blade will effectively remove any flash.
Thanks once again for another great set from SAC, and thanks to John and Phil for sending it out for review.
- Heller 1/72 T-6 Texan and any other companies that have released the kit under license such as Encore
The review item is the typical high standard and normal from SAC; a direct replacement for the kit items except these are cast metal. Consisting of sets of two main gear and one tail gear, there is not much to describe except to remove the parts from the pour runners with side nippers, use flat 220 wet/dry to prepare the cut stub, then install the gear on the model.