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P-40/P-36/H-75 Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/32 P-40/P-36/H-75 Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2009 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject P-40/P-36/H-75 Landing Gear Scale 1/32
Set Number 32005 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Stronger gear struts for the long-legged kit Cons None noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $14.95

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-40/P-36/H-75 Landing Gear

This release is one of nearly 30 landing gear sets available in 1/32 scale and is targeted for any of the variety of 1/32 P-40 Warhawk, P-36 Hawk, or Hawk 75 kits (they all used the same gear) from Trumpeter, Special Hobby, and Azur. The set provides a white metal set of main gear struts as well as the tail wheel strut assembly that can be tailored to the way the tailwheel is installed in any given kit.

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 set can be adapted to any of the Azur, Trumpeter, or Special Hobby kits of these Curtiss fighters though you may have to adapt the wheels to match the axle diameter as well as the mounting points in the wings.

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!