Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 MiG-31 Foxhound Landing Gear First Look
|Date of Review||February 2016||Manufacturer||Scale Aircraft Conversions|
|Subject||MiG-31 Foxhound Landing Gear||Scale||1/48|
|Set Number||48297||Primary Media||White Metal|
|Pros||Provides stronger gear for the AMK kit||Cons||None noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$19.95|
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 250 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the AvanteGarde Model Kit (AMK) 1/48 MiG-31 Foxhound kits. This set provides more rigid nose gear and main landing gear struts with retraction arms. This set is a drop-in fit for the kit parts and will work with the current MiG-31BM/BSM kit or the upcoming MiG-31B/BS kit. The MiG-31 model is so detailed that the weight of the kit tends to collapse the plastic nose gear strut. Here's the solution.
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!