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B-17 Flying Fortress Conversion

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 B-17 Flying Fortress Landing Gear

By Michael Benolkin

Review

Date of Review October 2009
Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject B-17 Flying Fortress Landing Gear
Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48048
Primary Media White Metal
Pros Stronger landing gear for the Revell Monogram 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.

B-17 Flying Fortress Conversion

This release is one of more than 60 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the Revell/Monogram release of the B-17G Flying Fortress. Monogram has released this kit almost continuously for quite some time and it remains the nicest B-17 available in any scale. The kit's landing gear is styrene and is fairly robust, but when handling and moving a large model like the Monogram kit, you may snap the gear accidentally. This white metal landing gear is a drop in replacement for the Monogram B-17G. I don't know if it can be adapted for the Revell B-17F kit.

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.

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!

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