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In-Box Review
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Curtiss P-40 Wheels

by: Saúl García [ SHARKMOUTH ]

The Sets
These simple detail sets come in Ziploc bags with cardboard headers. Inside each, there are two beautifully cast wheels. The following sets are available:

#48154 - with smooth treads.

#48155 - with diamond treads.

#48156 - with block treads.

The reproduction in each case is flawless with absolutely no bubbles, pits, or damage.

Using the parts on a Hasegawa WarHawk
Preparations for usage are simple enough. In the photos, Hasegawa’s wheel (seen from oleo strut side) is in between the pairs from Ultracast. After a few swipes with a file to the bottom of the wheels to make sure they are flat, they are ready to use.

For the photos, I painted one black. Later, I will dry-brush them with a brownish black mixture before dusting with earth colored pastels to bring out the details. On many models, the wheels appear as black or a grayish black. In reality, American rubber was still natural so there was a brownish tinge to them. These resin wheels also have a very subtle bulge to them which is perfect. Having seen many aircraft while in the process of gaining my A & P licenses, I know that the flattened wheels we often see on models would be a grave cause of concern.

Accuracy
The details are there and in scale. Compared to the kit wheels, these set are much nicer. Ultracast has added the mounting screws around each hub and the look is spot on. The wheels are correctly labeled for the variants on which they appeared. Comparing these wheels to those included in the Mauve/Eduard kits also show that these are better (just keep in mind that these wheels are designed for the Hasegawa axles).

Recommendation
These are highly recommended upgrades for the Hasegawa series. The work needed to prepare these wheels is minimal. The price of almost $5USD for a pair of wheels may seem high until you try to replicate the details oneself; I tried to add the screws and bulge and it took over an hour. These are real time savers and, seen in this light, they are good value.

My thanks go out to Ultracast for the review sample.

References Used
Curtiss P-40 XP-46, XP-60 part 2 by Zbigniew Kolacha and Marek Rys in the Polish Language published by AJ Press

P-40 Walk Around by Lou Drendel published by Squadron Signal

Curtiss P-40 by Ehrman published by MBI (Czech Republic) in 1993

Curtiss P-40 by Ehrman and Roman published by MBI (Czech Republic) in 1998

Model Detail Photo Monograph No 14, Kittyhawk I/IA, by Pawel Sembrat published by Rossagraph

P-40 in Action, Aircraft No 26, by Ernie McDowell published by Squadron Signal

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SUMMARY
Hasegawa has recently launched a new series of Curtiss P-40 aircraft, and being the sharkmouth fanatic, I had to get them. In my quest to improve the kits, I was delighted to see that Ultracast has released some beautifully rendered resin wheels.
  DETAIL:90%
  EASE OF USE:90%
  VALUE:70%
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: See text
  Suggested Retail: $4.95USD e
  Related Link: Manufacturer's Website
  PUBLISHED: Nov 28, 2005
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.68%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.47%

About Saúl García (sharkmouth)
FROM: NEW YORK, UNITED STATES

I collect references on unusual markings and small armies. I am particularly interested in captured & exported vehicles used in combat.

Copyright ©2019 text by Saúl García [ SHARKMOUTH ]. 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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  • 48154
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