Among the latest upgrade sets from Barracuda Studios are beautifully detailed replacement wheels for Airfix's 1:24 Grumman Hellcat.
Packed in zip-lock bags with a card backing, two sets are available, both featuring master patterns by Michael O'Hare. One set offers a direct alternative to the Airfix parts, while the other features a different tread-style.
Each set contains 4 beige resin parts - the wheels themselves, plus separate outer hubs - and the casting is flawless in the sample sets. The first set covers Goodyear tyres with diamond treads, while the second set has Firestone tyres with cross treads.
The detail is exquisite, with beautifully defined tread patterns, makers' logos and hub details. It's important to not that the wheels are "handed", so the casting point on each tyre forms a small flat spot that not only depicts the weight of the aircraft, but serves to set the correct angle of the wheel on the undercarriage leg.
Accompanying the sets is a neatly produced set of instructions, with a detailed written step-by-step description of the work involved, plus colour photos and a reference shot of the full-sized landing gear.
Both are available now from Barracuda Studios - Price: $13.95
Barracuda Studios's 1:24 Hellcat wheels are superbly done. While I don't have the Airfix kit to compare them against, it's clear from online photos of the styrene parts that these resin upgrades offer a dramatic improvement and are well worth considering if you're building this impressive model.
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Highs: Superbly detailed and cast resin parts.Lows: None noted.Verdict: These resin replacements look to be a huge improvement over the standard Airfix kit parts and also offer an alternative tread style.
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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...