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Hamilton Standard Propeller




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Catalogue Number: OBS48003 - Two 13' - 1" Hamilton Standard Propellers
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: 8 parts in gray resin
Price: USD$5.00
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: All blades and hubs have been removed from gates prior to packaging; Shafts
are cast with hubs instead of being separate; unbeatable value
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Doug Leisy

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This set of props is just plain beautiful. The casting is first rate, with no pinholes and virtually no flash. The hubs and blades are cast separately, as with most other resin props, but Obscureco casts prop shafts as part of the hubs. The hub detail is crisp and petite. The blade sockets are deep and well-formed, which should make for a solid finished product.

The parts are shipped in a small "zip-lock" plastic bag, with all parts having been removed from their casting gates. No cleanup at all will be required on the hubs, and a quick swipe with fine grit sandpaper will dress up what little flash appeared on two of the blades. All that is left after that is trimming the blade shafts and attaching them to the hubs.

These props offer a low-cost fix for the badly botched props on the AMT Tigercat, and also allow replacement of the early style Ham Standard on the Accurate Miniatures TBM-3 Avenger if desired.  They also provide an improvement over the prop supplied with the Otaki Hellcat, which is a pretty good kit if you don't want to spring for Hasegawa.

Obscureco has proven something to me - resin parts don't have to be ridiculously expensive to be good. Compared with the $12 price tag for a pair of their competitor's props, the $5.00 spent for Obscureco's offering is a no-brainer.

My next purchase from them will be four more sets of these beauties to outfit the Tigercats and Avengers that populate my "yet-to-build" shelves.

In summary, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Obscureco puts out such a fine product at such a realistic price.

Review Copyright 2002 by Doug Leisy
This Page Created on 05 April, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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