T-55 Damaged Roadwheels
T-55 Roadwheels with Raised Ribs
(A Division of the VLS Corporation)
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|Catalogue No. and
||Item TX 0076 - T-55 Damaged
Item TX 0077 - T-55 Roadwheels with Raised Ribs
USD$17.95 from VLS
|Contents and Media:
||Each 20 parts in pale yellow resin
||Well cast; simple cleanup; each
wheel accepts Tamiya's poly cap; raised ribs are a better representation
for a fairly new tyre; damaged wheels will save some time.
Reviewed by Brett Green
Trakz has released two sets of replacement road wheels for the fabulous
new Tamiya 1/35 scale T-55:
TX 0076 T-55 Damaged Roadwheels
This set comprises a full set of roadwheels with the inner and outer
wheels supplied as separate parts - 20 parts in all. The breakdown of the
wheels is identical to the items in the Tamiya kit, and the Tamiya
polythene caps fit perfectly between the inner and outer wheels. This
means that the resin wheels may be press-fitted to the kit axles after the
hull, tracks and wheels have been painted.
The tyres on Trakz' roadwheels are fairly heavily "damaged", suggesting
a destroyed or abandoned vehicle. There are at least five unique "damage"
designs on the wheels, so you won't notice any repetitive pattern when the
tyres are fitted to the vehicle and rotated to different positions.
Each wheel is connected to a small casting block. I used a pair of side
cutters to initially free the wheels from the resin block, then sliced off
the excess resin with a sharp hobby knife, and finally sanded the
circumference of the tyres with a coarse sanding stick. This clean-up
process only took a minute or two for each wheel.
The detail and quality of Trakz' resin parts is the equal of Tamiya's
styrene wheels; and the pre-damage to the tyres will save plenty of time
for modellers who want to depict a war-weary or destroyed vehicle.
TX 0077 T-55 Damaged Roadwheels
All the examples of T-55 wheels that I have seen close-up feature
noticeably raised seams on the sides of the tyres radiating from the hub
to the edge. Tamiya depict these seams as recessed lines.
Trakz is offering a set of resin replacement wheels with these seams
cast as raised ribs.
The wheels are provided in "as new" condition - no damage to the
roadwheels or tyres. This will be entirely appropriate for a vehicle in
Apart from the raised ribs and new condition, the parts breakdown,
quality, fit and detail are the same as set no. TX 0077.
I have already cleaned-up, assembled and fitted these wheels to
Tamiya's new T-55 kit and can report a totally trouble-free experience.
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