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LMV Lince Sagged Wheels
LMV Lince Sagged Wheels for Italeri Lince (#6504)
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by: Mario Matijasic [ MAKI ]


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Introduction:

Ever since Italeri released their 1/35 scale model of Lince LMV, I knew I had to have it. Lince LMV has an ample of that 4x4 light armored vehicle “cool factor” I like so much, and the fact the kit includes decals to depict Croatian Army vehicle from EUFOR mission in Chad was an added bonus for me. After receiving the model, I realized it provides a good representation of the real vehicle but there was something that bugged me… the rubber wheels included in the kit were screaming to be replaced.

Replikant Technologies to the rescue. The company earned their fame with Humvee airless wheels, which were a true work of art (link to review), and when Replikant released a replacement wheel set for Italeri Lince LMV, I knew I found a solution to my problem.

Review:

The set is packed in a hard cardboard box, with 4 resin wheels secured in a zip-lock bag. Upon first inspection, the wheels look really good: the pieces are perfectly cast in grey resin and feature complex details wonderfully delivered in scale. The wheels are not attached to resin carrier blocks thus requiring no cleanup, a big plus in my book. Additionally, according to the leaflet included in the set, the wheels have been washed using ultrasonic cleaner to remove any remaining mold release agent or grease which could impair the painting process. So, after opening the box, the wheels are ready to use.

The set depicts Michelin 325/85R16 XML tire. The all-terrain radial XML tire is designed for tactical vehicles and has dimensions of 38.7 x 12.9 inches (984 x 327 mm) with the approved rim width of 9 inches. It features a specific non-directional tread with offset shoulder design. The tires in this set are accurately sized to 28 x 9.5 mm and have perfectly reproduced tread pattern, faithfully resembling the pattern I saw on the reference images. Also, the tires feature several inscriptions on their side, not just the large MICHELIN X label, but the tiny RADIAL and 325/85R16 XML inscriptions as well. Wow! Tires in this set are sagged; the sag is not pronounced and I feel it depicts a weight of the vehicle realistically. The elaborate bolt pattern on the rim is correctly delivered, with the small air valve stem as well as Central Tire Inflating System (CTIS) cap. The hub details feature another set of bolts with the center circular hub pattern extremely well defined too.

Testing the fit of these resin wheels to Italeri model revealed a perfect match. The axle (2B) fits well into the central inner hub opening, with the torsion bar (6B) easily inserted to another small opening in the inner hub. And that’s it!

Conclusion:

LMV Lince Sagged Wheels (350205) from Replikant Technologies contains 4 replacement wheels designed to fit Italeri’s 1/35 scale Lince model. The wheels are perfectly cast in resin, accurately scaled and feature load of tiny details. The tire tread pattern is nicely delivered and the wheel sag realistically reproduced. Moreover, the wheels are ready to use from the box and extremely easy to install on the Italeri model.

Big thanks to guys at Replikant Technologies for this review sample.
SUMMARY
Highs: Accurate, perfectly cast in resin, featuring tons of details and easy to install on Italeri model, this set delivers a fantastic 1/35 scale replica of real Lince LMV wheels.
Lows: 4 identical wheels in the set. I wish the company changed the position of the tire sag so the wheels look a bit different to one another.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 350205
  Related Link: Replikant Technologies website
  PUBLISHED: Nov 11, 2015
  NATIONALITY: Italy
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 93.37%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.75%

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About Mario Matijasic (Maki)
FROM: CROATIA HRVATSKA

You wonder how did this addiction start? I was a kid when my dad broght home a 1/72 Concord airplane; we built it together as well as couple of other airplanes after that. This phase was just pure fun: glue, paint, decals in no particular order... everything was finished in a day or two. Then I disc...

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Comments

Thanks for the review, Mario! I bought these wheels after reading this and they are indeed very, very nice. My only minor gripe is that all four wheels are identical, at least in my set, meaning that the placement of the bulge, and subsequently all print on tires, are in the same place on all four wheels. Shame they didn't at least have two that were different from the others.
NOV 19, 2015 - 01:29 PM
That was my only "low point" with this set as well. I asked about making slightly different wheels when the set was still in production, but unfortunatelly the master was already made and Replikant could not get another version of the wheel in the set. Mario
NOV 19, 2015 - 08:17 PM
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