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Weighted Wheels
A-10 Thunderbolt, V-22 Osprey, F-105


Royale Resin, 1/48 Scale


S u m m a r y

Details, Price and Availability: R004 - A-10 Thunderbolt II Weighted Wheels - USD$5.99
R005 - F-105 Thunderchief Weighted Wheels - USD$5.99
R006 - V-22 Osprey Weighted Wheels - USD$8.99
all available online by email from Royale Resin
Paypal and Money Orders accepted from the USA. Paypal for International orders.
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Cream coloured resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail; first rate casting; improvement over kit counterparts
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Mick Evans

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F i r s t L o o k

Royale Resin has cast replacement wheels for some subjects where the kit supplied plastic wheels are lacking is detail.

Cast crisply in cream coloured resin, Royale Resins wheels have subtle flattened areas with the associated bulging to replicate the aircrafts weight. This is an area that is sometimes overdone by some aftermarket moulders and they make the tyres look like they need to be inflated, but Royale Resin has captured the effect nicely.

The wheels are attached to small casting blocks at the flattened area for simplicity of removal. All three sets provided for review are mastered by Douglas Y Smith IV and he has captured all of the fine hub and brake details beautifully.

The only other requirement is for the modeller to drill a hole to the diameter and the depth required to install it onto the kit undercarriage oleo leg.

F-105 Thunderchief Wheels



These are designed to replace the Monogram 1/48 F-105 family of Thunderchiefs. These wheels have nice hub detail but no brake detail and I am assuming that the brake detail is moulded to the Monogram undercarriage oleo legs.

A-10 Thunderbolt Wheels (image at top of page)

These are designed to replace the all 1/48 A-10 Thunderbolt kits. These wheels have nice hub detail and have the brake detail included so some kits may require some minor surgery if the brake detail is moulded to the undercarriage oleo legs.

V-22 Osprey Wheels



These are designed to replace the 1/48 Italeri V-22 A10 Osprey Kit. These wheels have nice hub detail and have brake the detail included. Nice colour instructions showing the assembly to the kits undercarriage legs along with the hole diameters to be drilled are provided for this set.

These wheels are a welcome addition from Royale Resin and will add some extra detail to these kits. These require a low level of modelling experience to install the wheels as they only require the removal of the casting block and the drilling of the hole for installation.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Doug Smith from Royale Resin for the samples

Review Text Copyright 2007 by Mick Evans
Images of Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 07 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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