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PBY-5A Catalina Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 PBY-5A Catalina Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2010 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject PBY-5A Catalina Landing Gear Scale 1/48
Set Number 48068 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Nicer/tougher gear for the Revell kit Cons None noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $18.95

 

 

First Look

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.

PBY-5A Catalina Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 70 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the Revell or Monogram releases of the 1/48 PBY-5A Catalina. 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 main landing gear struts, retraction arms, and a sturdy nose wheel strut. This set will work with all of Revell, Monogram, or Pro-Modeler releases of the PBY-5A (the first version of the Catalina with retractable landing gear) as well as the recent release of the OA-10A Catalina (same airframe).

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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