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P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2009 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear Scale 1/48
Set Number 48050 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Stronger landing gear for the Tamiya kit Cons None noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $9.95

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.

P-47 Thunderbolt Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 60 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the Tamiya releases of the P-47 Thunderbolt. This set is a drop-in replacement for the kit's landing gear and will work nicely with any of the Thunderbolt variants produced by Tamiya to date.

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!