A new company to me: Resin Improvements (RES IM)… THANKS VERY MUCH Lukas for sending IPMS USA this wheel and tire set to review, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for trusting me to use them on my model….
This is a very simple set for the Trumpeter 1/32 SU-25 kit. Three fully-assembled wheels and tires for the kit! The wheels are extremely well done, with deep radial treads on the main tires, and extremely well done wheel details. Bolts, brakes and associated wheel bits are there.
The improvement over the basic kit items is extreme; the kit wheels are injection molded plastic and, although detailed, do not come up to the same level as the RES IM parts. Also, the vinyl tires are a very loose fit on the plastic kit wheels, and hollow to boot, so that means over time you will have flat tires unless you fill them with a plastic ring or some other method to keep the “flat” from occuring
This set involves simple processes; primer the resin parts while on the pour stub, and then paint. Remove the tires from the pour stub, clean up, touch up the paint, then drill the pre-molded in axle sockets to allow the wheel to slide on to the landing gear. In this case Trumpeter have provided metal gear, so the resin tires and wheels finish the job in great style.
I found these easy to paint, as the demarcation line between the tires and the wheels was deep enough to allow me to hand-paint the final item. A plus!
I give this set a 10 of 10; a total winner, worth acquiring for your Frogfoot.
Thanks again to Res IM for joining us here on the IPMS USA site as a new manufacturer… we look forward to seeing what comes next out of your shop!