In an earlier post about a rescued Italeri 1/72 C-130 and having an idea to renovate it after many years, I had a look around to see what aftermarket goodies are available these days for a model of a Herky seeing that when I originally built it there was not a great deal apart from the Flightpath MC-130 conversion set.
Well it appears that the dear old Italeri Herky has had some love after all as there are some etch sets, new engines to replace the kit ones or convert it to a J model, a wing leading etch detail set by Black Dog, exhausts, flaps, white metal undercarriage, decals and paint masks and one set that caught my eye was a set of wheels by Brengun as the kit ones are pretty basic. I actually had a go at scribing a tread pattern in one of the kit wheels and failed as it looked a mess and pretty much repeated that with the rescribed panel lines on the rest of the model but that will be covered in another post.
After seeing the Brengun wheels online I ordered some and they arrived today so thought I would give them a quick review here. I have never had anything from this company before but I have to say I’m very impressed with the moulding and quality plus the RRP here in the UK is very reasonable. Also supplied are disc brakes for the main wheels but whether you will see them or not I don’t know until I actually fit them.
All the tyres are bulged so care will be needed when fitting them to make sure the flat spots are at the bottom but other than that the set is a MASSIVE improvement on the kit parts and I’m very glad I got them.
Very impressive and highly recommended!