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P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/32 P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2009 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear Scale 1/32
Set Number 32015 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Stronger gear struts for the Hasegawa kits Cons None noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $12.95

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.

P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 30 landing gear sets available in 1/32 scale and is targeted for the Hasegawa series of 1/32 P-47 Thunderbolt kits. This set will work with any of the Hasegawa P-47 releases to date as well as any future variants from this tooling. The set includes replacement main gear struts that are drop-in replacements for the kit parts. Look at the fine casting of the tie-down rings on those struts! These white metal castings will provide stronger 'legs' for the Hasegawa kits as the styrene struts in the kit are going to be subjected to lots of stress during model handling.

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!