Valve Hand Wheels
My thanks to Hauler-Brengun and the IPMS Reviewers’ Corps for allowing me to review this excellent detailing accessory set.
Valve hand wheels are everywhere, found on many different kinds of equipment. Plastic valve wheels are often mediocre, so helpfully, Hauler has produced a photo-etched brass sheet of valve hand wheels in several sizes and shapes.
The valve handles arrived in a 5.5 x 2.75 inch plastic pouch on a 1.65 x 1.5 inch photo-etched brass sheet. No instruction sheet was included in my sample. The photo-etched sheet is bright brass and has etched part numbers, but the handles themselves are flat. There are three diameters included in five- and six-spoke varieties. The diameters are roughly three, four, and five inches in 1/48 scale. There are 24 three-inch wheels in each of the five- and six-spoke varieties, 18 four-inch wheels in each of the spoke varieties, and 18 five-inch wheels in both spoke arrangements, for a total of 120 valve wheels! The outer edge of each hand wheel is ergonomically scalloped, but a circular wheel could be simulated with a little thick paint built up along the scallops.
Hauler has provided a great assortment of valve wheels that will be helpful in improving and enhancing the detail in both kit and diorama applications.
My thanks to Hauler-Brengun for providing this cool accessory for review! Thank you to the Reviewers’ Corps for making all this happen; it is great to be part of the team.