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Tempest Mainwheels
Tempest Mainwheels
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Barracuda Studios have released a series of resin wheels to replace the styrene parts in Eduard's new-tool Tempest and offer alternative styles to cater for the different types fitted to the full-sized aircraft during its career.

Each set comprises a pair of slightly "weighted" wheels (the casting block attachment point doubles as a subtle flat spot to depict the bulk of the Tempest) and three different styles are available:

BR48402 Hawker Tempest Series I Mainwheels
BR48403 Hawker Tempest Late Mainwheels - Smooth
BR48404 Hawker Tempest Late Mainwheels - Block Tread


Each type of wheel boasts some simply superbly delicate detail, whether it's the crisply defined treads on the late-type tyres, or the interior fittings inside the hubs and makers' logos on the tyre sidewalls on all three.

Fitting the wheels should be simplicity itself - it will just be a question of ensuring that the mounting holes are deep enough to accept the kit's axles.

The items are available now direct from Barracuda Studios

Conclusion
Barracuda Studios' Tempest wheels are beautifully produced, not only offering extra detail over the kit parts, but also an additional type with the treaded tyres. Their ease of use makes them an ideal resin upgrade for newcomers to the medium.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Superb detail and flawless casting.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Barracuda Studio's new Tempest wheels are a dramatic improvement over the kit parts and will be really simple to fit.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: $7.95 per set
  PUBLISHED: Apr 05, 2019
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.19%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.95%

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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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