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AV-8B Harrier II Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/32 AV-8B Harrier II Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2010 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject AV-8B Harrier II Landing Gear Scale 1/32
Set Number 32033 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Corrected nose gear, stronger landing gear for the Trumpeter kit 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.

AV-8B Harrier II Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 30 landing gear sets available in 1/32 scale and is targeted for the Trumpeter releases of the AV-8B Harrier II and Harrier GR.7. This set is a drop-in replacement for the kit's landing gear and will provide a stronger alternative to the kit's styrene gear. In addition, Scale Aircraft Conversions has corrected the front gear strut and will make it even easier to set up any fine adjustments in strut length to ensure that all five wheels are firmly on the deck.

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!