Lion Roar provides an easy replacement to the rubber tires that come in the Trumpeter kit. The set includes 5 pieces; 4 full tires and one spare. The tires are cast in a blemish free, cream colored resin and have very good surface details. There are also very small pour block which makes clean-up a snap. They are packaged very well in a sturdy cardboard box and wrapped in bubble wrap. My sample was damage free and packaged well.
The tires appear to be the same size as the kit tires and scale out perfectly to the actual tire size. A closer look at the tires shows that they are not direct copies of the kit rubber tires though. They are equally well done on the tread and feature the Michelin X markings on the sidewalls. The difference is the sidewalls are molded smooth, as opposed to the kit tires which are molded with wavy, or rippled sidewalls. Both the rippled and smooth sidewalls are seen on actual tires, so both versions are correct.
The tires are also cast with the wheel hub and brake details on them, making assembly and installation a snap. These seem to be direct copies of the kit parts. The hubs are also cast without the CTIS (Central Tire Inflation System) hoses on them, so you will still need the ones provided in the kit. The details on the hub look very good as well.
The only down side to the set is the spare tire. Unfortunately, Lion Roar made the same mistake that Trumpeter made on the kit spare. The issue is the number of bolts that were left off the spare. The actual spare has only the inner ring of bolts missing, leaving 10 open holes for the wheel studs to attach the tire. Both the Lon Roar and Trumpeter wheels also left off the bolts on the outer ring, which are the bolts that mate the two-part wheel rim. If these bolts are removed, the rim comes apart in two pieces and off the tire. This issue can be easily overcome by adding sliced hex rod or AM bolts to the outer ring of holes.
This set provides an easy replacement to the kits soft rubber tires that look the part when installed.
Highs: Nicely molded and with very small pour stubs to clean up. A quick replacement for the kits rubber tires.Lows: The spare tire has too many bolts removed from the wheel.Verdict: A very good replacement tire set. The issue with the spare can be easily overcome. If you are looking for an easy to use replacement tire set, this set is the one. This is another great set from Lion Roar.
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About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty) FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.