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Resin Continental 760x100 wheels and plywood decals

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Resin Continental 760x100 wheels and plywood decals
Proper Plane

Catalogue #’s wheels (RW-002), decals (PDW-1234)
Price: $15.00USD per set

Proper Plane is carving itself a very nice niche in the world of WW1 aviation modelling. We are used to seeing their superb hand-carved wooden, laminated propellers, such as reviewed HERE, but now they have turned their attention to the resin wheel replacements, possibilities of plywood decals. 

Continental 760x100 wheels
This particular set is a direct replacement for kit wheels, and not just for WNW kits, as is obvious from the list of aircraft that this product is compatible with. As well as a rake of subjects that Wingnut Wings has chosen to release, there are obviously ones which they haven’t tackled, such as the Albatros D.III which is a Roden kit. Here is a list of compatible machines onto which this set will fit…

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The set itself comprises just two resin wheels in light grey resin, each on its own casting block and secured to it by means of a thin resin web which will be easy to remove and clean-up. The wheels are cast with the inward facing hub, meaning you will still need to use the kit’s outer hub plastic parts, and these of course can differ from aircraft to aircraft. The ridged tread on the outer wheel is clearly evident, and of course the ‘CONTINENTAL’name is present on the wheel, as well as the wheel’s size. 

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This set is a perfect drop fit replacement for your standard styrene parts and minimal effort is required to press them into service. A lovely little addition to your next project!

 

Plywood decals

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Our next new release from Proper Plane are a set of four different plywood decal sheets. These are presented in a very neat little cardboard wallet with the company logo emblazoned across the black material. Opening the little tab, we now have four different styles of plywood grain decal, each sheet being 105mm x 148mm, so not too large. The decals are designed by Dave Douglass, who has researched Albatros types and is au fait with exactly what the ply should look like. 

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Each set contains 4 different grain types, typically seen on these machines, and they are also printed onto a clear base, meaning that you will need to add a suitable base colour to your model first, and any shading as you see fit. From this, you can make the ply look as pale or as rich as you deem fit for your model. Of course, you can also add a clear yellow/orange mix over the decals once applied, to add to their warmth. These decals are suitable for both 1:32 and 1:48 types. I don’t know if there is a plan to make a set suitable for 1:72.

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My sincere thanks to Proper Plane for the review samples seen here. To purchase directly, click the link at the top of this article.

 

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