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Rafale A/B/C Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 Rafale A/B/C Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2010 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject Rafale A/B/C Landing Gear Scale 1/48
Set Number 48014 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Provides a more rugged landing gear option for the Revell or Hobbyboss 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.

Rafale A/B/C Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 60 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the Revell or Hobbyboss releases of the Rafale A/B/C. Revell and Hobbyboss have released several Rafale variants and this release provides a nicely cast white metal replacement for the stock struts. This set will work for any of the land-based Rafale variants of the aircraft from Revell or Hobbyboss, while SAC has a different strut set for the Revell or Hobbyboss Rafale M. This set may be adaptable to the Heller's Rafale A prototype kit with a little care.

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!