Roy Sutherland has released a beautifully detailed BarracudaCast "tall tailwheel" upgrade for late-War Bf 109G/K kits in 1:48 and 1:32.
The sets arrive in zip-lock bags on card backers and include a detailed sheet of instructions with clear colour photos plus diagrams in each scale. On the back of each pack are useful generic instructions for working with resin and metal parts.
Designed by Gunnar Jannson, each set provides two styles of resin tailwheels and a brass strut. The difference between the two wheels is the tread - either ribbed or grooved. The finely rendered hubs are identical and, remarkably, the overall detailing is just as pin-sharp in 1:48 as 1:32 The casting is flawless on both sample sets.
producing the strut in brass scores on two counts in my opinion. Firstly, it's really robust and, secondly, it's much easier to fit the wheel in the fork. Resin wheel forks are often delicate and/or brittle, but brass is much more forgiving, allowing you to gently open the fork and then close it around the wheel.
Barracuda Studios' Tall Tailwheel upgrades are available now:
BR32393 - Price: $8.50
BR48392 - Price: $7.25
As always with sets from Roy Sutherland, these new BarracudaCast upgrades are simply excellent. They'll obviously appeal to seasoned '109 modellers looking for the last word in detail and accuracy, but they're also straightforward enough to be suitable for newcomers to working with resin and brass parts. Unreservedly recommended.
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Highs: Superbly detailed and beautifully cast. Clear and detailed instructions included.Lows: None noted.Verdict: Straightforward to use, but detailed enough to satisfy the most demanding Luftwaffe modeller, these tailwheels will give a noticeable boost to any 1:32 or 1:48 Bf 109G/K kit.
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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...