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F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Early Set

Eduard Brassin 1/48 F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Early Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2015 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Early Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number 648176 Media Resin
Pros Nicely detailed wheel options for the Hasegawa or Eduard kit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $9.95

First Look

Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details. Period. Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwise bland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch or two with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic.

F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Early Set

Many AMS modelers will collect the relevant Eduard photo-etch sets for a given project, but they'll also go out and gather specific resin enhancements as well. Eduard has stepped up with a new product line to complement their photo-etched detail series - Brassin. Brassin is a play on words with Brass and Resin, and in many sets in this series, the resin details also include a set of color photo-etch as well.

In this release, Eduard has produced a nice set of resin main gear wheels and hubs for the Hasegawa (or Eduard) 1/48 F-104C and early G Starfighter kits. This set features a nicely cast tread pattern on the tires and finely cast detailing on the wheel hub and brake hub for each wheel. In addition, this set provides the nosewheel with equally nice tread pattern. Of course this set also includes a set of die-cut yellow tape (Kabuki) masks to make painting of the completed wheels easy.

In all, this set provides a nicely detailed landing gear alternative for the Hasegawa or Eduard kits. Recommended for experienced modelers!

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!