S2F Tracker Wheels and Masks

Published: September 22nd, 2013     
Detail Set
Detail Set
Reviewed by: 
Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models
Price: $13.50
Product / Stock #: 4593

Aires continues its rich tradition of detailed aftermarket parts with a wheel set for the Kinetic S-2 Tracker. This set contains two front wheels and two main wheels as well as a masking set for the wheels to help painting. The set is cast in Aires' usual gray resin and has no defects or issues.

The set is simple to use. The wheels can be trimmed from the pour stubs. One thing you will need to do is to sand the mold seam off and rescribe the wheel treads. Total prep time is maybe 5-10 minutes. You will also need to drill the hole slightly deeper to allow the axle to slide fully into the wheel.

The kit wheel has a separate hub and a two-part wheel. To build it, you paint the hub and glue the two wheel parts over it. This leaves a seam that needs sanded down and then painted. The Aires set wheel is a single piece with better detail. It also has a masking set, allowing the wheel to be painted and then masked and the hub painted.

This is an excellent set and is easy to use. Highly recommended. My thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this excellent piece.

  • Detail set contents
    Detail set contents
  • Aires wheels
    Aires wheels
  • Comparison with kit parts
    Comparison with kit parts
  • Aires wheel on Kinetic strut
    Aires wheel on Kinetic strut