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Junkers Ju-88 Wheels
Junkers Ju-88 Wheels - Early & Late Styles
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Special Hobby have produced two sets of resin Ju 88 wheels as part of their CMK “Quick & Easy” range. The sets are aimed at the ICM and Dragon kits, both of which have appeared in numerous boxings and under different banners. With this in mind, the resin replacements are offered in two styles:

Q48-273 - Ju 88A-1/5 and ‘C-2/4 - Early Mainwheels and Tailwheel and
Q48-274 - Ju 88A-4 (and later) - Late Mainwheels and Tailwheel


The difference is in the tyre treads; the “Early” mainwheels having a conventional tread, while the “Late” ones are basically smooth with thin raised ridges. The tailwheels are identical in both sets. All the tyres are “weighted” convincingly, and will help portray the bulk of the original machine.

The casting is perfect in the sample sets, with crisply detailed hubs that include brake lines. The casting blocks are fairly substantial, so you need to take a little care removing the wheels, but clean-up should be very painless so they'll be suitable for anyone new to working with resin to cut their teeth on.

Fitting the mainwheels could hardly be simpler, but I’d be tempted to reinforce the joint for the tailwheel just to be on the safe side. Each set includes a small sheet of instructions but, to be honest, most modellers will hardly need them.

Conclusion
CMK’s “Quick & Easy” Ju 88 wheels are exactly that - quick and easy. They’re a definite improvement over the ICM and Dragon kits’ wheels and offer a simple and affordable improvement.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Simple and affordable improvements over the kit wheels.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: CMK’s “Quick & Easy” Ju 88 wheels live up to their name and will be ideal for anyone trying resin aftermarket parts for the first time.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: Q48-273 / Q48-274
  Suggested Retail: 6.80 Euros each
  PUBLISHED: May 07, 2017
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.89%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright ©2019 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



   

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