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P-38 Lightning Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/32 P-38 Lightning Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2009 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject P-38 Lightning Landing Gear Scale 1/32
Set Number 32004 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Corrects the main torque links 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.

P-38 Lightning Landing Gear

This release is one of over 30 landing gear sets available in 1/32 scale and is targeted for the Trumpeter 1/32 P-38 Lightning kits. The set includes two new main gear struts plus separately cast torque links, plus the nose wheel strut and torque link. SAC has corrected the torque links from the kit as well as provided a more sturdy set of landing gear for this rather heavy model.

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.

This landing gear set is a drop-in replacement for the kit's landing gear won't require any modifications to the wing mounts nor wheel hubs. You will have to use cyano to install these as white metal doesn't respond to liquid cement, but you knew that.

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!