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Ki-44 (Tojo) Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/32 Ki-44 (Tojo) Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2009 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject Ki-44 (Tojo) Landing Gear Scale 1/32
Set Number 32032 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Stronger gear struts for the Hasegawa kits 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.

Ki-44 (Tojo) Landing Gear

This release is one of nearly 30 landing gear sets available in 1/32 scale and is targeted for the 1/32 Hasegawa Ki-44 (Tojo) kit(s). The set provides a pair of white metal main gear struts that are drop-in replacements for the kit parts. These white metal castings will provide stronger 'legs' for the Hasegawa Tojos 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!