Quick Wheel QWX-016: Road Wheels (Civilian Tread)

FOR: QW-001SdKfz 250, SdKfz 10, towed weapons
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Best wheel masks I've ever seen. Includes resin wheels and hubs.

I'll repeat the notes. This is the best wheel mask I've ever seen. To paraphrase the designer and developer, I hate painting road wheels on tank kits more than any other task in building an AFV. This is especially true if there isn't a heavily defined break between the hub and wheel. Like the folks at Quick Wheel, I've tried circle templates and those masks where one peels off sticky masking material and applied it to the wheel. Neither one has been truly successful as I always get overspray and end up hand painting the tires anyway.

Well, this design does away with that need. First, each set is specifically designed for a dedicated kit. In this case, it is Dragon. Secondly, the tire/wheel combination fits snugly into the provided opening and butts right up against the flexible plastic material. It is here that the masking takes place. With the tire already painted, one simply sprays on the wheel color, then pulls the tire/wheel out and that is it. Each mask does a bunch of wheels at one time.

This particular set includes the superbly molded resin wheels. These are for various early war vehicle like the SdKfz 10 and SdKfz 250 as well as the wheels one finds on towed items like the Pak 36. It has a civilian tire tread and includes hubs that are appropriate for vehicles and one set that is for trailers or towed items.

It is a great painting help and it is something that I'm sure will be in big demand one armor builders realize how handy this really is. It would be great for multiple wheel aircraft as well, but for now, their line is only for armor kits.

January 2011

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