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Brassin L-29 Delfin Wheels
Brassin Wheels for the Aero L-29 Delfin
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

When Eduard re-released AMK’s L-29 Delfin under their own banner, they added colour photo-etched upgrades, painting masks and new decals, but went with the stock styrene parts for the landing gear. Now, as an aftermarket set for the kit, they’ve produced a beautifully detailed set of replacement resin wheels.

The upgrade arrives neatly presented in one of Eduard’s familiar blister packs, with the resin parts well protected by a soft foam backing to withstand any knocks in transit.

There are just four parts in total, with the mainwheels and nosewheel cast in grey resin, and a replacement nosewheel fork cast in pale cream. Perhaps this indicates a denser resin was used for the fork to carry the load safely.

The casting is perfect in the review sample, with no flaws evident and minimal clean-up required. The wheels are cast “weighted” with the main pour-stub on the flat spot, and just tiny secondary attachments to either side on the mainwheels. The new wheel fork will need a little more preparation, trimming around where it attaches to its casting plinth, but it should still only take a minute or two.

The Brassin parts completely eclipse the AMK originals with much better detail all 'round, from the treads and sidewall ribs and maker’s logos on the tyres, to the brakelines and inflation points on the mainwheel hubs. Meanwhile, the new nosewheel fork is not only more delicate than the styrene version, but also noticeably different in shape, making the original look quite clumsy by comparison.

Eduard have included a sheet of die-cut kabuki painting masks for the wheel hubs and a clearly drawn sheet of instructions. The new parts are direct replacements for the kit items, so no surgery is required to fit them. This would therefore be an ideal upgrade set for anyone new to working with resin.

Conclusion
Eduard’s Brassin L-29 wheels are beautifully produced and a major improvement over the kit originals. For less than a fiver in the UK, adding them certainly won’t break the bank – and the arrival of the sample set has provided a timely reminder that I must get back to work on my poor neglected Delfin!

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SUMMARY
Highs: Beautifully cast and detailed. Painting masks included. Simple to use.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Eduard's Brassin L-29 wheels are a big improvement on the kit originals and well worth considering as an affordable upgrade that will make a noticeable difference.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 648374
  Suggested Retail: 5.95 Euros
  PUBLISHED: Mar 27, 2018
  NATIONALITY: Czech Republic
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.76%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.34%

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
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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 ©2018 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.



Comments

Rowan, Thanks for the review - especially the kit vs. resin comparison pictures! they really show how the replacement parts are so much better than the out of the box wheels.
MAR 28, 2018 - 12:42 AM
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