Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/32 SE.5a (Early) Landing Gear First Look
|Date of Review||March 2010||Manufacturer||Scale Aircraft Conversions|
|Subject||SE.5a (Early) Landing Gear||Scale||1/32|
|Set Number||32034||Primary Media||White Metal|
|Pros||Stronger landing gear for the Roden kit||Cons||None noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$14.95|
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 30 landing gear sets available in 1/32 scale and is targeted for the Roden SE.5a (Early) kit. 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. You can see in the image above that the landing gear struts, main axle, two of the interplane struts including the one with the pitot tube, and a set of cabane struts, all cast in white metal. These parts will provide not only a strong landing gear foundation, but also a rugged mount for the wings as well.
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!