39M Csaba Armored Car Firestone Replacement Tires
A short while ago Hobby Boss released a charming model of a rarity – the Hungarian 39M Csaba armored car, which clearly shares an ancestry similar to the French Panhard armored car of roughly the same vintage. Although Hobby Boss seems to have done well in the overall design of this kit, it is somewhat let down by the soft rubber tires, which fall below the quality of the rest of the model. Ironically, what detail is evident on the tires is soft and inaccurate, and even includes a misspelling!
Appropriately enough, S.B.S. Model, which is a Hungarian company, has come to the rescue with some truly lovely replacement wheels and tires, available in two patterns. This package features the Firestone pattern tires and includes four complete wheels and separate brake drums. The minute detail, including the manufacturer’s logo and the elaborate tread pattern is lovingly reproduced and the castings are exceptionally clean. Even the usual mold plugs have been designed so that they don’t endanger the tread detail on their portion of the tires.
As these are direct replacements, installing them should be a breeze, and they certainly dress up an already charming model. My compliments to S.B.S. Model for their wonderful work and to IPMS/USA for the privilege of reviewing these items.