Most modellers will know Vector for their resin engines in 1/48 scale. These were always of a very high quality. For some time, the Russian manufacturer has also ventured into full kits and aftermarket accessories for kits by other producers. The material used is still resin, which is very good for the detail that can be achieved, but requires some different construction techniques to normal plastic kits, especially for gluing.
This set is designed for the P-51 Mustang kits from Tamiya and ICM. The wheel wells are one of the weak points of all 48 scale Mustang kits (many thanks to Rowan who made me aware of this). The well should be open towards the backside of the wing and continues to the main spar of the wing. It is pretty difficult for me to explain so just compare Sergey's photos of the built-in set with the picture of the kit's wing.
By using this set the kit's wheel wells are completely replaced. This means, that you have to remove the kit's well, which is integrally moulded with the wing parts. As pointed out already when reviewing Vector's P-39 wheel well, this is not for the faint hearted and it would be not bad if you already have some experience in “plastic surgery” .. please do not hurt yourself when doing this!
Furthermore, you have to thin certain parts of the wing to get it closed after installing the resin parts. The areas are pointed out in the small instruction sheet included, but you will need to do some test fitting and sanding to get a proper fit. The detail on the parts is very good and the casting is flawless. The material used is similar to the resin you get from Aires. You will have to rely on your own library for the colour of the many additional details, as no hints are given.
This is a great enhancement for Tamiya's Mustang or the ICM clone. It might also be made to fit the other kits on the market, but you may have to rework the parts. Because of the work needed to fit the resin parts I would recommend this set to the advanced modeller.
You can buy this set via NeOmega, Linden Hill or Sprue Brothers. Thanks to Sergey Kosachev for the review sample.
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Highs: Highly detailed. Flawless casting.Lows:Verdict: Vector's wheelwell is a great improvement over the kit wheel wells, being both more accurate and far better detailed.
I was born in 1974 and started modelling in the 80ies. The first models I remember are a MiG 21 F-13, Saab Draken (both 1/100) and the Tu-2 (72) all from the east German producer Plastikart. during my first years I built all kind of models mainly 1/72 and 1/100. Beside the mentioned Plasticart kits ...