Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 F-14 Tomcat Landing Gear
|Date of Review||September 2010|
|Manufacturer||Scale Aircraft Conversions|
|Subject||F-14 Tomcat Landing Gear|
|Pros||Nicer/tougher gear for the Hasegawa kits|
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 one of more than 90 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for any of the Hasegawa 1/48 F-14 Tomcat releases. This set is a drop-in replacement for the kit's gear, though cast in white metal to provide stronger legs for your kit to stand upon.
The set includes the two main gear struts assemblies and two nose gear assemblies. The nose gear is set up for your choice of standard length for ground operations (weighted) and the kneeling position for locking into the catapult. This latter option is ideal for the Hasegawa kits as they are the only ones on the market that provide the details for a launch-configured Tomcat with the flaps and slats deployed. This set will work with any of the F-14A, F-14B, and F-14D releases of this kit (and there are quite a few out there too).
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!