Sd.Kfz.7 Front Wheels (Common tread pattern) & Mask
Quickwheel 1:35 Scale Set No.QWX-028
Review by Terry Ashley
The set consists of four resin parts and a set of QW masks with the standard of resin casting extremely high with a virtually non-existent casting plug and well defined tread pattern with the sidewall “Continental” and tyre data embossing. The central six spoke hub is a separate part and again has excellent detail with the outer retaining bolts and hub grease nipple and the open backs of the spokes as they should be. The hub has the Hex cap which is an alternative style to the circular cap used on most kit wheels and provides another alternate appearance for the wheels.
The only thing missing is the long valve stem than can easily be added from thin sprue or wire (see image below) and there is the faintest of resin lip on the inside edges of the spokes that could well be ignored without any effect on the final appearance, if you decide to trim this ‘lip’ take note the spokes have quite thin edges and it is easy to cut away too much resin in the process which is another reason it may be easier to leave as is, it’s up to the individual?
Dimensionally the wheels match available data and plans very well in diameter and width with any discrepancy being within accepted tolerances. The notable thing with these wheels is they are designed just like the real wheels with the separate central spoke hub that fits over small retaining lugs on the rims. The spoke hubs have small grooves on the end of the spokes that fit over the rim lugs and this requires a particular assembly technique that needs a little care. This method results in excellent definition of the rim/spoke join that simply can’t be achieved with a one piece casting and gives an excellent appearance to the assembled wheels.
To assembly the wheels you firstly slip the spoke hub inside the rims between the raised lugs on the rims, you then rotate the spokes to fit over the lugs but be careful not to force the spokes while rotating as they are quite thin resin and can distort if too much force is used. It is advisable to trim the inner lip of the spokes so these will slip earier into the rims and then use the blunt reverse edge of a #11 blade to rotate the spokes. Note the spoke grooves have to align perfectly with the rim lugs for them to slip into place easily so if there is any resistance while rotating, don’t force them, just correct the groove/lug alignment for good fit. The small instruction sheet shows the assembly method as well as having some reference photos of the wheels and hub details included in the set wheels.
Fitting the wheels to the available kits sees the axle hole in the back of the resin hubs being slightly larger than the respective holes in the DML and Trumpeter wheels so you will have to either replace the kit axles with slightly thicker plastic rod or add small filler strips to the kit axles wide enough to fit the resin holes. The Tamiya metal axles will fit the resin hubs okay, this may be the reason the holes are a little larger as it easier to adjust the fit for the plastic DML/Trumpeter parts than for the metal axles in the older Tamiya kits?
Images of the DML and Trumpeter wheels for comparison.
Images of the actual 8-ton wheels, note these cave the cirular hub cap fitted.
The only drawback is they appear to only have ‘one shot in the locker’ as it is quite difficult to extradite the wheel out of the mask to paint the other side of the rim without distorting the mask itself due to the stickiness of the mask material. You will need to take extreme care removing the wheels after painting one side of the wheel to be able to reuse for the other side.
Despite this the masks work very well allowing you to airbrush the rims with clean even edges, you have to of course paint the tyres before the rims due to the design of the masks but this shouldn’t pose any great problems.
This set of the common tread pattern “Continental” produced tyres will allow you to use these wheel for most senarios without any problems.
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