wheels were used by British 3 ton lorries and field artillery tractors.
Currently, there are few British trucks or lorries in 1/72 plastic
kits. Only IBG has the Bedford QL's and the CMP's in its range. About
the FAT's, we only had the old ESCI/Italeri CMP FGT cab12, until the
recent Plastic Soldiers CMP CGT cab13 and Morris Quad. In my opinion,
the kit which has the better depicted wheels is the Italeri one, but
the other kits’ wheels are not well reproduced regarding dimension
or tread or rim.
During my modelling research, I was contacted by a modeller, now a
pen friend, who had the same problems as me with the British lorries
wheels and I sent him some info and consideration about his project
to make them in resin. After some time he kindly sent me the results
of the job of his team, two 10.50x20 wheel resin sets. (I also had
the surprise to see my name on the label; thank you guys!).
Two tire patterns are given, the normal tread and the wave pattern
tread. Both are nicely sculpted and are bubble free. The sets differ
also by the rims, which are made as separated pieces. These are the
parts which differentiate the trucks on which the wheels could be
mounted. Five wheels per set are given. The details are very nice
and also bolt heads are depicted. The spare wheel rim has the bolt
holes opened. 10.50x20 means that the rim inner diameter (that is
not counting the raised edge which keeps the tire) was 20" and
the tire section diameter (supposing it was a circle) was 10.50".
Dimensions are well respected on my calliper.
The overall diameter is 15.1 mm (15.3 mm). The tire width is 4.2 mm
(4.3 mm). The rim diameter is 7.4 mm on the raised edge which look
correct (inner diameter should be 7.05 mm).
These wheels can be used on the kit lorries as well as on other types
which can be made by home made conversion. The list is printed on
the back of the label.
I know, one can think this time I'm not super partes, but I'm not
involved in the production of them and the wheels are objectively
very well done.
Review sample provided by Viribus Unitis.