Plain Wheels and Offset Tread Tires for Mosquito

Published: December 28th, 2013     
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Reviewed by: 
Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast
Price: $7.42
Product / Stock #: 48250

Ultracast is one of those companies that we AMS modelers can't live without... Thanks up front for this excellent set, and to IPMS USA for sending it my way...Now to figure out which Mossie I'm gonna build...

These, like the previous set reviewed a few weeks ago, are simple replacement items for the Tamiya wheel and tire sets in their Mosquito kits. As previously done, I have assembled one of each, the Tamiya kit item on the left, and the Ultracast wheel/tire on the right.

Again, small details matter. There are no wheel spokes on this set, but the tire radial lines and it's excellent "Offset Z" tread stands out. No seam filling; just carefully removing the tire from the pour stub is required. The tire "weight" is simulated in a subtle way, not overdone like others.

Remove the casting block, use spray primer on the entire wheel and tire assembly, and drill out the axle race to be ready for paint. 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", with a different tread pattern (Australian) than on the kit item.

The Ultracast item also has legible, raised numbering on the tire, which adds to the value of the aftermarket item!

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

  • Product
  • Tread
  • Tam Mosquito Kit left, Ultracast New Zealand pattern right
    Tam Mosquito Kit left, Ultracast New Zealand pattern right
  • Ultracast Mossie Z-tread  1 48 for Tamiya
    Ultracast Mossie Z-tread 1 48 for Tamiya

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