Vector are well known amongst modellers for their highly detailed resin engines, which are always of a very high quality. For some time, the Russian manufacturer has also produced full kits of its own, as well as aftermarket accessories for kits by other kit makers. The material used is still resin, which is very good for the detail that can be achieved, but requires some different construction techniques to normal plastic kits, especially for gluing.
Besides the major FM-2 correction set
already reviewed, Vector also produces some very nice detail parts for the Hobby Boss Wildcat series as a whole.
set #VDS 48-024 - FM-2 Wildcat corrected prop and spinners
At first glance, this set is probably the least necessary of the batch. The shape of the prop blades, diameter and the overall look is pretty much the same. But you'll find the differences when you'll look a little closer. The Vector set is much finer; the prop blades are thinner and a little differently pitched, and you get a bit more detail that you won't find in the kit. The resin parts match references well and you can build the prop with or without boss cap.
: This update is not as superlative as the FM-2 correction set, but you still get a bit more spice. Detail and execution are very good, but not light years ahead of the kit. But it's the icing on the cake - after all, who wants to put stock rims on a tuned car?
set #VDS 48-025 - F4F-3/4, FM-1/2 control surfaces
Vector's control surfaces set is designed for the HobbyBoss line of Wildcats, but should also fit the Tamiya kit. The Update set features a very nice representation of the fabric covering, which is much better than that of the kit parts. Also the FM-2 rudder is quite different to the kit part. Note: You also get this part with the FM-2 correction set, but as not everyone will get all three sets it is justified to include it here too.
To use these parts you will have to cut away the kit's ailerons and elevators. You'll need the original stabilizers, so be careful not to damage them. Using the Vector control surfaces as a guide, you can then add small hinges from scratch (or you could leave them off as these can hardly be seen). Again moulding and casting are flawless and the resin is very nice to work with.
: Once again a very nice update set for HobbyBoss Wildcats. Basically, a very easy conversion, although the sawing work might result in some problems for beginners. Thus I would recommend this set for advanced modellers. Still, with some good equipment (PE- or razor saws) and some patience, it is no big deal and most people should do OK.
You can buy these sets via NeOmega, Linden Hill or Sprue Brothers. Many thanks to Sergey Kosachev for the review samples.
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