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QuickWheel SdKfz 6 resin wheel (2)
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Posted: Monday, May 02, 2011 - 07:31 AM UTC
Bill Cross reviews Quick Wheel''s Sd.Kfz. 6 (uncommon off-road tread pattern) resin wheels and mask.



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Posted: Monday, May 02, 2011 - 08:03 AM UTC
I really haven't taken a look at Quick Wheel products before, but these are some of the nicest AM wheels I've seen. It's not very often that I see an AM product that intices me to buy another kit just so I have an excuse to use it!
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Posted: Monday, May 02, 2011 - 08:32 AM UTC
These wheels are among the best resin castings I've seen. The pour plug is almost non-existent and you don't have to worry about making sure that part faces the ground.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - 04:26 AM UTC
Brian, I'm not sure what point you're making. The tires are, when compared to most other resin makers, pristine. I suppose if someone is planning on doing a "showroom new" vehicle, the imperfections you identified (which are not present on my review samples) could be an issue, though they could easily & quickly be cleaned up.

The problem for most resin products I see are obvious bubbles in the actual casting surface, soft details and large pour plugs that sometimes can't be removed without leaving a noticeable indentation or that require you to hide them as the part of the wheels that touch the road. These castings are almost OOB ready to use.

If you have specific objections (other than the price), then it would be helpful to state what they are. Saying "These pattern suggest the master was 3D printed" doesn't tell me whether that's a good thing or not.

QW is aware that their stuff is pricy. The same "knock" is often made on Archer Transfers. My reply is "near perfection comes at a price." Whose wheels are, in your opinion, superior? Is anyone else even making replacement wheels for the Sd.Kfz.6? I wouldn't want to use the Trumpeter vinyl wheels, I know that much.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - 08:26 AM UTC
When I've needed AM replacements I have been buying Hussar's resin wheels because of their excellent quality. These wheels look just as good, and perhaps better in aspect of the small details.

I did have one question, are the wheels/rims cast as seperate pieces and inserted into the tires by Quick Wheel?
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 02:32 AM UTC

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I did have one question, are the wheels/rims cast as seperate pieces and inserted into the tires by Quick Wheel?


The wheels come as one piece. I don't know how they are cast, but I'll ask QW.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 02:45 AM UTC
Great, thanks Bill!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 02:53 AM UTC
An excellent (and hopefully accurate) description on the process is given here, which I would imagine is the same for these wheels:

QW Staghound Tires




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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 05:44 AM UTC
following your example:
bubbles


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guess you have to ask for refund lol
unless those pics are stolen too just like those you used before and you simply haven't seen any of those sets you are trying to "compare".
How many times was that close up of sd.kfz 6 wheel magnified? 20 times? more? What sizes do both wheels have? What height/width are the letterings on both "compared" wheels? I take they are the same since you can say which are worse or better lol. (is that even the same scale? )
Anyway - I may not have exactly that set from qw but I used their masks and I can explain you why wouldn't any discs work for those or any other. TBH I assume you can figure it out yourself if you weren't trolling...
If you care so much about audience why wouldn't you discuss items you actually own/tried?

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It's not a usual pattern anyway (in fact, I have no clue how accurate their pattern is), better off skipping this one IMHO.


lol try your imagination and you just may find out that not everybody likes to make everything USUAL
Please take a picture of the same close up (I assume you know what it is) of the considered to be better wheel. Otherwise take your trolling somewhere else
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 07:23 AM UTC

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An excellent (and hopefully accurate) description on the process is given here, which I would imagine is the same for these wheels:

QW Staghound Tires







Thanks James, I think that answered my question(s)
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 07:25 AM UTC
Brian, you are, of course, entitled to your opinion. That's why we have reviews. You are also welcome to submit your own review of this or any QW item.

To your points as I understand them:

1.) Casting technology: I asked QW if they wished to discuss this, and they have chosen not to. I know your company makes AM upgrades, so I can't fault QW for preferring not to step forward. If they change their minds, they can post here.

2.) Defects: I don't know what samples you've had in your hands, but the samples submitted to me for review are as good as anything I've seen from Hussar, and superior to most other resin makers in a variety of ways, including smaller pour plug, clearer casting details, and little or no clean-up. You seem to feel they're defective, so I invite you to step up to the bar. Posting photos of other manufacturers is comparing apples to oranges unless you have someone doing an Sd.Kfz.6 wheel.

3.) Price: These wheels ARE more-expensive than other wheel sets (though most AM wheel sets only include two wheels, not the spare with pre-drilled lug bolt holes. You also get a quick mask for all three wheels. Are the masks "hi tech"? The packaging says "advanced technology." Is there someone else producing anything similar? Eduard's masks, for example, are simple kabuki tape that you have to place accurately on the wheel. These masks are easy-to-use and virtually fool-proof.

If you don't think that's a good deal, then you're entitled not to buy them. I happen to think it is, so we'll let the members and readers make up their own mind.