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Spitfire Mk.IX Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IX Landing Gear First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2012 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject Spitfire Mk.IX Landing Gear Scale 1/32
Set Number 32062 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Nicer/tougher gear for the PCM kits Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic 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.

Spitfire Mk.IX Landing Gear

This release is one of many landing gear sets available in 1/32 scale and is targeted for the PCM 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IX kits. This set is a drop-in replacement for the kit's landing gear, though cast in white metal to provide stronger legs for your kit to stand upon. With the collaboration of Dr. Billy Crisler, the kit's landing gear was corrected and the tailwheel is provided separate from the tailwheel strut.

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!