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TSR.2 Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 TSR.2 Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2009 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject TSR.2 Landing Gear Scale 1/48
Set Number 48026 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Provides corrected gear for the Airfix kit Cons None noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $19.95

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.

TSR.2 Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 60 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the Airfix releases of their TSR.2 series. The Airfix TSR.2, first released in 1/72 and later in 1/48, nicely captures the details of the aircraft with one notable issue. When assembled the stance of the aircraft doesn't look quite right leading one individual to do an impressive analysis of the kit's stance versus the museum's aircraft and published online. The findings from the author found that the gear should have been angled at 18 degrees which SAC has rendered in these white metal replacement parts. Get these and your kit will sit 'just right'.

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!