Barracuda Studios | BR32176: Spitfire Mk I-V Five Slot Mainwheels
Reviewed by Kevin Futter
BarracudaCast, out of Roy Sutherland's Barracuda Studios, has just released a range of resin upgrade items aimed primarily at Revell's new Spitfire Mk II kits. Here we take a look at set BR32176, which the packaging describes like so:
This set contains accurate, detailed main wheels to replace the poor main wheels in Revell's Spitfire Mk IIa. Also for Hasegawa, Trumpeter.
I'm assuming that the mention of a Trumpeter kit is a misplaced reference to the HobbyBoss Mk V kit. It's good to know however that these wheels are not limited to just the Revell kit. And kit upgrades really don't get much simpler than this! The package contains two full wheels to suit early Merlin-engined Spitfires:
Hub detail is sharp and clear, and the moulding is crisp, and without any discernible casting flaws. The net result is clearly superior to most injection-moulded kit wheels, but especially with regard to the new Revell kit, whose wheels just don't look right to my eyes.
This is a very nice set of wheels from Barracuda for 1/32 early Spitfires, and is certainly a simple upgrade for Revell's new Mk IIa kit. Recommended!
Thanks to Roy Sutherland at Barracuda Studios for the review sample.
© Kevin Futter 2014
This review was published on Wednesday, October 22 2014; Last modified on Saturday, March 26 2016