Arado Ar-196A Wheels & Paint Masks

Published: April 25th, 2011     
Kitset parts
Kitset parts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Price: $13.00
Product / Stock #: 4504
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has an obvious love affair with the Ar-196 from Italeri. They offered up no less than two cockpits in their own range. In their Quickboost range they have a corrected cowling, exhausts and weapons. Now the only thing missing from those sets is addressed, the wheels.

Aires provides two main wheels with perfect circumferential tread. They are cast in light grey resin with no bubbles. They are suitably bulged but not overly flat. There isn't much more to say about the wheels themselves as they are just perfect.

Aires also includes a set of masks which will prove useful in the painting process. There are four masks for both sides of each wheel.

Adding the wheels is as simple as substituting the kit wheels with the resin ones. Simple, easy to use and perfect in their execution. You can't ask for more from an aftermarket set.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy.

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