In-Box Review
Albatros Wheels
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]


The history of the Albatros D. type fighter has been recounted at Aeroscale previously and need not be brought up here. It is a known concern that main stream injection model based models are simplified in design to ease the production of a kit and is limited to the technology of the time.

Resin based companies are not as limited to the concerns found in plastic injection moulding. Note the varied deminsional surfaces in Barracuda Studios recent re-release of their Albatros Seat in 1:48

The Parts

BR48010 Albatros D.V and D.Va Wheels
A pair of detailed and accurate replacement mainwheels designed to upgrade all Albatros variants as well as Pfalz D.III and D.IIIa aircraft. These 760mm by 100mm mainwheels have delicate axle and pin detail, as well as access flap for the tire valve stem. A quick and easy installation for a number of German fighter kits.
Price: $5.50

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Highs: Excellent detail, easy to install.
Lows: Some minor detail issues with the wheel cover attachments to the wheel are too light.
Verdict: Better scale size makes this set worth the cost.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: #BR48010
  Suggested Retail: $5.50
  Related Link: website
  PUBLISHED: Jul 04, 2012

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About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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Here is the visiual difference on an Eduard 1:48 Alb. D.III kit. The top image uses the stock 80xx series wheels that come in the kits. The bottom image shows the aftermarket Barracuda wheels. The Eduard 81xx series stock kit wheels are exactly the same with just a small amount of more detail present. The Alb. D. type fighters used used the Type II, 760mm x 100mm wheel and tire. The rim diameter is 574mm x 72.1 wide, has 2 x 20=40 spokes, spoke diameter 4mm. The hub is 160mm long with 55.25mm bore for a 55mm diameter.axle. The flange outer diameter is 96.5mm and spoke hole center diameter is 80mm. This is the common wheel for D Class aircraft with Merc. D.III F.1466 - F1466a motor
JUL 04, 2012 - 02:15 PM

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