Barracuda Studios | BR32119: Corsair, Hellcat Wheels - Diamond Tread
Reviewed by Ray Peterson
A recent release from BarracudaCals is this accessory for 1/32nd F4U and Hellcat kits, including the new Tamiya release. The set includes two main wheels proper for the WWII era with separate spokes and brake inserts. A nice 5-1/2” x 8” instruction sheet is also included, in color, with a reference picture.
The tires include lettering on their sides, and the tread is very crisp. The inserts are perfectly cast. Using the brake insert on its own the wheel fits the Tamiya Corsair. With a small added insert, the wheels can be used on other F4u kits.
I went ahead and assembled one of the wheels just to see how it looked built up. It goes together quite easily and fit is good. You can see in the pictures the resin wheel in comparison to the Tamiya kit wheel. The kit wheel is of course in vinyl which presents problems in removing seams and finishing, as well as its tendency to attract dust. The resin wheels will not have that problem. Barracuda has added detail to the inside rim that you can see through the spokes of the wheel. A thin tab gives the proper alignment. The resin wheels also include a small flattened area.
In conclusion, these wheels are beautifully done. They will look great on the Tamiya kit or any other kit, and should not take much work to fit them to any kit.
Thanks to BarracudaCals for the review set.
© Ray Peterson 2013
This review was published on Friday, September 06 2013; Last modified on Thursday, August 09 2018