Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/32 F-105 Landing Gear First Look
|Date of Review||June 2009||Manufacturer||Scale Aircraft Conversions|
|Subject||F-105 Landing Gear||Scale||1/32|
|Set Number||32001||Primary Media||White Metal|
|Pros||Stronger gear struts for the 'heavy' kit||Cons||None noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$16.95|
Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces an impressive array of white metal replacement landing gear for a variety of models. Some of these sets correct different issues that appeared in production kits, while others are simple common sense replacements to have stronger landing gear on your model.
This release is the first of nearly 30 landing gear sets available in 1/32 scale and is targeted for the Trumpeter (or Hobbycraft) 1/32 F-105. There are actually two F-105 variants produced in this scale by Trumpeter (and repackated by Hobbycraft) - the F-105D and the F-105F. Meteor Productions produced a backdate set for the F-105D to render an F-105B. The point being that all three versions used the same landing gear so this set can be applied to any or all of the above.
One nice aspect of aftermarket landing gear like these from SAC is that you can make the change anytime, even after the kit's gear buckles for whatever reason. Unlike an aftermarket cockpit or other details that need to be incorporated during construction, you can easily extract the old styrene gear and plug in these replacements once you've got them primed and painted. Of course you can plan ahead and use them during your build-up and avoid the problems in the first place.
This landing gear set is a drop-in replacement for the kit's styrene landing gear won't require any modifications to the wing mounts nor wheel hubs. You will have to use cyano to install these as white metal doesn't respond to liquid cement, but you knew that.
You can obtain SAC landing gear from your favorite hobby retailer or online hobby shop. If your retailer can't get these for you and you can't this set at your favorite online retailer, then you can get quick service from Scale Aircraft Conversions directly.
My sincere thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for this review sample!