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SBD Dauntless Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 SBD Dauntless Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2012 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject SBD Dauntless Landing Gear Scale 1/48
Set Number 48163 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Rugged enhancement for the Accurate Miniatures kits Cons None noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $12.95

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.

SBD Dauntless Landing Gear

This release is targeted for any of the multitude of Accurate Miniatures releases. This set provides replacement parts for the main landing gear struts and are a drop-in fit. They will work with any of the A-M Dauntless releases and can be adapted to the Hasegawa SBD kits as well with some modifications.

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!