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F4D Skyray Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 F4D Skyray Landing Gear First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2011 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject F4D Skyray Landing Gear Scale 1/48
Set Number 48116 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Nicer/tougher gear for the Tamiya kit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $16.95

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.

F4D Skyray Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 100 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the Tamiya 1/48 F4D Skyray kit. 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.

This set includes the two main gear struts and their retraction arms and the nosegear strut. When you look at the size of this landing gear, you know that the F4D Skyray was really well designed for crashing into pitching carrier decks and still be ready for another shot off the catapult.

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!