Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 TBF/TBM Avenger Landing Gear First Look
|Date of Review||December 2009||Manufacturer||Scale Aircraft Conversions|
|Subject||TBF/TBM Avenger Landing Gear||Scale||1/48|
|Set Number||48029||Primary Media||White Metal|
|Pros||Provides stronger gear for the Accurate Miniatures kits||Cons||None noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$11.95|
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 one of more than 60 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the myriad of Accurate Miniatures releases of their TBF/TBM Avenger series. You can see the nicely cast landing gear strut replacements in the image above. This set will work for any of the multitude of Avenger variants and reissues from Accurate Miniatures as well as the releases from Italeri. While not designed for the HobbyBoss Avenger, this set looks like it may be adaptable to those Avengers as well, but you're on your own there.
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!