Spoked Wheels and Block Tread Tires for Mosquito

Published: November 21st, 2013     
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Reviewed by: 
Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast
Price: $7.65
Product / Stock #: 48246

Ultracast is based in Canada, and have been around quite a while, providing excellent resin cast items for the AMS modelers among us... With that, extreme thanks to our friends at Ultracast for providing these excellent castings to us, and thanks to the IPMS leadership for sending them to me for review!

These are simple replacement items for the Tamiya wheel and tire sets in their Mosquito kits. I have assembled one of each, one from the Ultracast range, and the Tamiya kit items side by side.

What first strikes me are the small details; the air inflation stem on the outer portion of the wheel, the increased depth of the Spoke area, and the excellent tread pattern that makes up the tire. And no seam filling! The tire tread in particular is better defined than the kit items.

It was a simple matter to remove the casting block, primer the entire wheel and tire assembly, and drill out the axle race to be ready for paint. and then proceed to painting. The kit item requires you to assemble two wheel halves, clean up the radial tire seam, and then install the hub details. Again, the Ultracast item is a one- piece "drop fit".

One last item though! The Ultracast item also has legible, raised lettering and numbers on the tire. These alone adds to the value of the aftermarket item!

This is a worthy upgrade, and one which any Mossie lover will use. Thanks again to Ultracast for the review item!

  • Pacakge
    Pacakge
  • Primered
    Primered
  • Comparison to Tamiya, inner
    Comparison to Tamiya, inner
  • Comparison to Tamiya - Spokes
    Comparison to Tamiya - Spokes

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