F4U Corsair / F6F Hellcat
Early Style Wheels
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||OBS 32002 F6F Hellcat and F4U
Corsair Wheels (Early Style)
USD$6.00 from Obscureco Aircraft Website
|Contents and Media:
||2 parts in light gray resin.
||Cleanly cast with crisp detail;
clearly defined positioning hole for axle
||Some flash and mold parting line
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Floyd S. Werner Jr.
One of the biggest downfalls of both 1/32nd Corsair models is the
wheels. In Revellís offering the wheels are extremely plain lacking any
tread pattern on the tires and important details on the wheels. The
Trumpeter kit does a little bit better job with the wheels but includes
gimmicky rubber tires that are almost certain to either eat away at the
plastic wheels or dry rot and crack in time. Both those problems are
rendered moot by an excellent set of tires released by Obscureco
A relative newcomer to the aftermarket resin industry specializing in
simple and economical enhancements for aircraft models, their Hellcat/
Corsair wheel set continues that tradition. Flawlessly cast in a light
gray resin, the wheels convincingly capture the look of the early cross
tread pattern of these two legendary WWII U.S. Navy aircraft. In
addition the wheels include clear locating holes to guide a drill bit
for creating mounting holes for the strut axles. This is a feature
sometimes overlooked by after market manufacturers making a precise
location for the hole needlessly difficult.
The wheels are surrounded for half their diameter by wafer thin flash
and have prominent mold parting lines around their circumference. These
will be easily dealt with by snapping the flash away and giving the
wheels a light sanding to eliminate the parting seam. While in some
cases this might result in lost tread detail, the detail on the
Obscureco parts is extremely sharp and will look just right after
sanding and a coat of paint.
These wheels will significantly improve the appearance of either of the
Corsair kits as well as the Hasegawa Hellcat. At a very reasonable $6.00
per set, the modeler can afford to retrofit them to multiple kits. I
just hope future releases will include later tread types.
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Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Page Created 02 December, 2004
Last updated 01 December, 2004
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