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F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels

BarracudaCast, 1/32 & 1/48 scales

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number, Description and Price:

BarracudaCast Item Nos.:

BR32244 Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat early wheels $8.95

BR32245 Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat late wheels $8.95

BR48242 F8F-1 Bearcat mainwheels $6.95

BR48243 F8F-2 Bearcat late mainwheels $6.95

All available online from Barracuda Studio's website

Scale: 1/32 and 1/48
Contents and Media: Resin parts
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Well researched and produced.
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: BarracudaCast’s 1/32 and 1/48 F8F wheels are high quality drop-fit replacements for their kit equivalents.  Some cleanup and assembly is required, but this is minimal and the sets would be a good introduction to resin for those who haven’t previously used this media.  Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Brad Fallen


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F i r s t L o o k

 

 

 

1/32 and 1/48 F8F Bearcat kits range in quality from excellent (Trumpeter’s 1/32 family) and accurate but sparsely detailed (ID Models and Combat Models 1/32 vacforms) to adequate (the 1/48 Hawk/Testors and Hobbycraft/Academy kits). 

One thing all of these kits need are replacement mainwheels:  Trumpeter’s tyres are vinyl, the Hawk/Testors and Hobbycraft/Academy wheels are simplified, and the wheels in the vacform kits are, well, vacformed.

 

 

BarracudaCast’s resin 1/32 and 1/48 F8F-1 and F8F-2 mainwheels solve all of these problems.  There is no ‘one size fits all policy’ here, as is the case with the Academy kits which provide the same wheels in both its F8F-1 and F8F-2 boxings.  As described in the instructions, Barracuda’s early wheels have “slotted hubs and diamond tread tires”, while the late wheels have “solid cast hubs and circumferential tread tires….[as] fitted to almost all Warbird and Air Racer Bearcats”.

 

 

The 1/32 wheels are slightly more detailed and crisply cast than their 1/48 counterparts.  This is not intended as a slight on the quarter scale wheels, which are also excellent.  All of the sets feature separately cast brake rings and calipers, which are added to the one-piece wheels to build up layers of detail.

 

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  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • Barracuda Studios F8F-1 & F8F-2 Bearcat Wheels Review by Brad Fallen: Image
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Casting is perfect, with no air bubbles or other imperfections that I could find.  Cleanup should be easy, too, with all of the parts designed with minimal attachment points to their resin bases.

The instructions are minimalist but contain all you need to know about preparing and assembling the parts.  They include a series of small but useful colour photos of the resin parts being assembled, and a real F8F wheel.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

BarracudaCast’s 1/32 and 1/48 F8F wheels are high quality drop-fit replacements for their kit equivalents.  Some cleanup and assembly is required, but this is minimal and the sets would be a good introduction to resin for those who haven’t previously used this media. 

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Barracuda Studios for the images and information


Barracuda Studio products are available online from their website


Text and Images Copyright 2017 by Brad Fallen.
This Page Created on 30 May, 2017
Last updated 30 May, 2017

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