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Hawk Mk.1 Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 Hawk Mk.1 Landing Gear First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2010 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject Hawk Mk.1 Landing Gear Scale 1/48
Set Number 48065 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Nicer/tougher gear for the Italeri 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.

Hawk Mk.1 Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 90 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for any of the Italeri 1/48 Hawk Mk.1 releases. This set is a drop-in replacement for the kit's gear, though cast in white metal to provide stronger legs for your kit to stand upon.

The set includes the two main gear struts assemblies with separate retraction arms and the nose gear. This set will work with any of the Italeri releases of their beautiful Hawk kit as well as the Tamiya reboxing of that kit.

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!