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Wellington Mk.Ic and Mk.III
Wheel Bays & Wheels for Trumpeter

 

Royale Resin, 1/48 Scale

 

S u m m a r y

Details and Price: R001 Wellington Wheel bays - USD$41.95
R002 Wellington Weighted Wheels - USD$4.99
both available online by email from Royale Resin
RoyaleResin@gmail.com
Paypal and Money Orders accepted from the USA. Paypal for International orders
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: R001 - 25 resin parts
R002 - 3 resin parts
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail; first rate casting; major improvement over kit counterparts; no cutting of kit required to install parts; worthwhile donor kit; detailed instructions
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green


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F i r s t L o o k

 

Royale Resin is a new after-market accessory manufacturer which has hit the streets with two releases for Trumpeter's 1/48 scale Wellington Mk.Ic and Mk.III kits:

R001 Wellington Wheel Bays

Royale Resin's debut offering is a complete replacement for Trumpeter's 1/48 scale Wellington undercarriage bays.

This set comprises 25 parts in cream coloured resin. These parts include new gear bay sidewalls, forward bulkheads, wheel bay ceilings, and landing gear doors and a even a replacement tail wheel bay.

Casting quality is excellent with no pin holes or other imperfections on my sample. The parts are thinly cast yet free of distortion. The smaller parts are cast onto their blocks via two thin resin rods which will be very easy to cut off and clean up. The remainder of the parts should also be quite fast to prepare - even the large and impressive sidewalls - as the casting strips are thin and well defined.

 

 

Parts are packed in zip lock bags according to their fragility. The very delicate undercarriage doors with their fine hinges are in two separate bags to ensure maximum protection.

The resin parts are a drop-fit replacement for the kit undercarriage. No cutting will be required to install the new undercarriage bays.

Instructions are by way of two letter-sized sheets with text directions and 12 construction photos. The parts themselves have also been cast with some construction clues in place. For example, the forward ceiling parts, which might be installed in two different ways, have an arrow cast onto the back of the parts to indicate the correct alignment for installation - a nice touch.

Apart from the four-piece ceilings, construction looks straightforward.

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R002 Weighted wheels

These two main main wheels and tail wheel are all-resin to replace the plastic and vinyl items in Trumpeter's kit.

Once again, casting and detail is excellent. The wheels are subtly bulged.

This set will be an ideal compliment to Royale Resin's Wheel Bays.

 

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Both Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Doug Smith from Royale Resin for the samples


Review Text and Images of resin parts Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Images of completed model Copyright 2007 by Royale Resin
Page Created 16 May, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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