DEF.Model Gun and Wheel Sets Roundup
Reviewed by Brett Green
DEF.Model continues to expand its range of multimedia accessories and resin replacement wheels with five new sets.
The first is Item No. DM35082 – M48A5 105mm M68 Gun w/Canvas Cover Set. This set comprises two polished turned metal barrel sections, a resin part representing the flexible canvas mantlet cover, a cleverly fused turned metal and resin part as the accordion-like barrel section of the canvas cover, plus a small photo-etched fret with detail parts.
The detail of the canvas cover is very convincing, and I just love the compressed front cover cast onto the barrel. I am seriously tempted to buy the kit just to have an excuse to use this set!
Three resin replacement wheel sets are next.
First is Item No. DW30037, a Sagged Front Wheel Set for 1:35 scale – Sd.Kfz. 251 kits.
There are two one-piece front wheels plus a spare wheel/tyre with an open hub and holes for the eight vacant bolts. Two small hub covers are also included.
No particular kit is called out for this set so I assume that it will be appropriate for the Tamiya, Dragon and AFV Club kits.
Next is Item No. DW30039.
This is a sagged wheel set for the Tamiya and ICM’s 1:35 scale Horch 108 Type 1a/40.
Four road wheels and a spare tyre are included.
Finally, Item No. DW35106 is a sagged wheel set for Bronco’s 1:35 scale M1224 MRAP Maxxpro Sagged Wheel Set.
The wheels from all these sets are cast onto thin, short blocks that will be very easy and fast to remove and clean up. The tyre sidewalls feature raised lettering, and the tyre tread detail is crisp and deep. Casting quality is perfect. There is no sign of seams, misalignment or other flaws on any of my samples.
Each of the wheel sets include die-cut, self-adhesive painting masks for sharp demarcation between the wheel rims and tyres.
These will all be welcome accessories for the Sd.Kfz. 251, Horch and Maxxpro kits, especially where they are replacing vinyl tyres!
Thanks to DEF Model for the sample www.defmodel.com
Text and Images by Brett Green