Quick Wheel 1/35 Land-Wasser-Schlepper Wheel Mask First-Look
|Date of First Look||August 2009||Manufacturer||Quick Wheel|
|Pros||Must-have tool for painting lots of armor road wheels easily||Cons|
One of the more dreary aspects of armor modeling is having to paint the rubber-wheeled road wheels. You might simply weather all of the wheels like the vehicle has gone deep into the mud, but you can only do that with so many projects. There has to be a better way. Now there is!
Quick Wheel has developed the ultimate paint template. This beveled plastic template is tailored to specific kits, this one for the HobbyBoss 1/35 Land-Wasser-Schlepper kits. I imagine it should work for the Bronco LWS, but there are probably slight differences in wheel diameter between the HobbyBoss and Bronco toolings, so be prepared for a slight mis-match in diameters.
Using this tool is literally a no-brainer. Simply paint all of the wheels black. Add what levels of gray shading to the sides of the rubber that you'd like, then lay them on the table in the above pattern and overlay the template. Now simply airbrush the camouflage color of your vehicle. The bevels in the template will sit snugly over the rims and keep the paint off the tires. If you want to add any shading or weathering, do so now, then simply install the painted wheels onto your vehicle. You can bang out a complete set of wheels in minutes!
Take a look on their website for all of the template they currently have available, and that list is growing. You can order these Quick Wheel templates from this website.
My sincere thanks to Quick Wheel for this review sample!