Saturday, May 4

Review: Eduard Brassin MiG-23 M/MF wheels 1/48

DO you have the Trumpeter MiG-23 in 48th scale and maybe looking for some new wheel and Wheel well replacements? Well Eduard have a new Brassin set that our man Gary has gotten a hold of which look like pretty tempting alternatives – he has compared them to the Trumpeter kit wheels in his review…

Eduard Brassin MiG-23 M/MF wheels 1/48 (648089)
Kit No: 648089
1/48 scale
Resin parts: 16
Photo Etch parts: 1 fret
Pre-cut Mask sheet
Designed for Trumpeter MiG-23 kit (02853)
Available from: Eduard directly & most model shops

As with most of the Eduard Brassin detail sets, this MiG-23 Wheel set is designed to be a direct drop-in replacement for the Trumpeter kit parts. The resin offers an enhanced level of detail over the plastic parts and also corrects some shape issues with the main gear doors.

To make this detail set suitable for use on both the M and MF variants of the MiG-23, Eduard has provided both versions of the wheel hubs and fenders (both nose and main wheel). A photo-etch fret is also included that contains fine details to be added to the undercarriage struts (brake lines and such). The final inclusion is a painting mask pre-cut to fit the main and nose wheels

The Package includes:
The nose wheel consists of:
- Two individual tires
- Two disc variants
- Two variants of the nose wheel fender

The main landing gear wheel (each) consists of two tires
- Two variants of the wheel discs (L, R)
- Photo-etched details
- Painting mask

The Kit Details
The photos provided by Eduard on their website are nice and clear but I always find they don't show the parts closely enough for me and they never show them side by side with the kit parts, which I like to see to allow a direct comparison when I am deciding whether to buy.

Resin Main wheels, left and right.
Alternate main wheel discs depending on whether you are building an M or MF variant. Check your references because Eduard does not indicate which is for which version.
The Trumpeter kit wheels for comparison
A direct side by side comparison of the Brassin (left) and kit nose wheel fender (right).
The main gear doors are also provided by Eduard as there is some fairly noticeable shape issues with the Trumpeter parts
The resin main gear doors front and back

The resin nose wheels have subtle ribbing just visible in this photo.
The back side of the nose wheel
The two variants of the nose wheel hub discs are provided - check your references.
The kit plastic parts (below) for comparison
Eduard have included of course their usual easy to follow instructions with the set.
As well as colouring instructions with GSI pains to follow
Eduard have established a well-earned reputation with their Brassin range for providing modellers with superb detail, clean resin casting and clear instructions. This detail up set for the Trumpeter MiG-23 kits in 1/48 continues that trend. If you are looking to add that extra little sparkle to your MiG, this set is definitely recommended.

Gary Wickham

Thanks to Eduard for giving us the chance to review this set