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XB-70 Valkyrie Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/72 XB-70 Valkyrie Landing Gear First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2010 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject XB-70 Valkyrie Landing Gear Scale 1/72
Set Number 72005 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Nicer/tougher gear for the ESCI kit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $18.95

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.

XB-70 Valkyrie Landing Gear

This release is targeted for any of the ESCI 1/72 XB-70 Valkyrie 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 large size of the ESCI kit and those thin struts in styrene make for a landing gear failure waiting to happen.

The set includes the two main gear struts assemblies and their retraction arms, as well as the nose gear strut. This set will work with any of the ESCI releases of their XB-70 Valkyrie 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!