F-14D Wheels

Published: January 18th, 2020     
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Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun
Price: $5.15
Product / Stock #: BRL144155
Product provided by: Brengun

The Kit

You get four nicely molded resin wheels. There are no instructions, as Brengun knows that you know what to do with the wheels.

Assembly and Installation

No real assembly required. You have to paint the wheels. I used Tamiya flat black and Testors flat white. I painted them on the sprue, because it is such a pain to handle such small parts. I am always afraid or losing small parts like these. There's nothing quite as painful as hearing the tweezers go "PING" and knowing that you're going to have to wrestle the carpet monster for that part, if you can find it.

Once the wheels were painted, I removed them from the pour block and used a medium sanding stick to clean them up on the bottoms. Then I had to paint that part of the wheels black again, but not the hubs.

Installation required a little more work. I used the Trumpeter 1/144 F-14D kit, and the hubs on the struts were bigger than the holes in the wheels. I drilled out the wheel hubs, finding the resin drilled very nicely. The wheels then fit quite nicely on the Trumpeter struts. I used a small dab of thick CA on each strut, then put the wheel on. This was about as trouble free as anything I've done recently.

Overall Evaluation

Highly recommended. The Brengun wheels are a lot nicer than the Trumpeter kit wheels, with better detail and more to scale.

Many thanks to Brengun for the kit, and to IPMS for the chance to do the review, and add even more finished kits.

  • Package
    Package
  • Parts on Casting Block
    Parts on Casting Block
  • Wheel on Struts
    Wheel on Struts
  • Finished 1
    Finished 1
  • Finished 2
    Finished 2
  • Finished 3
    Finished 3

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