P-51D Mustang Wheels
Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard’s BRASSIN wheels for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. This set gives new main wheels and the tail wheel. The main wheels have the diamond tread pattern and come with separate hubs. The tail wheel is one part and comes with a new leg which is made from a different type of resin which is probably less prone to sagging. As well as the wheels a set of yellow tape masks are also supplied.
Upon removal of the wheels from the package you will notice the great level of detail on the wheels that come with sidewall markings and maker’s technical data. The tires are deformed slightly to give the impression of weight. The detail on the hubs is excellent with each hub being separate.
I used a hand saw to remove the casting blocks from the wheels and tires.This is an easy procedure and should not take much modeling skills to accomplish a nice clean fit. Once I had sprayed the wheels and tires I used a tiny bit of super glue to attach hubs and wheels and these are ready to go on the landing gear.
Overall the Brassin wheels are a great addition to the Airfix kit, the level of detail is superb and you don’t have to piece two halves together and worry about working on the seam and losing some of the tread detail. I recommend these to anyone that has minimal skills in building model aircraft.
I am well pleased with this offering from Eduard. I would like to thank Eduard for a great product and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this item.