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Tu-22M Backfir Landing Geare

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/72 Tu-22M Backfire Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2011 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject Tu-22M Backfire Landing Gear Scale 1/72
Set Number 72024 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Stronger 'drop-in' alternative to the kit landing gear Cons None noted
Skill Level Intermediate 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.

Tu-22M Backfire Landing Gear

This release is targeted for the Trumpeter 1/72 Tu-22M2 Backfire B or Tu-22M3 Backfire C kits. 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 strut assemblies, their retraction arms, as well as nose gear strut and its reatraction arm. This set should work with the ESCI (and reboxed by Italeri) releases of the Tu-22M2 and Tu-22M3 kits though you'll need to adapt the gear mounts. This is the wrong landing gear for the Tu-22 Blinder kit (not yet done by Trumpeter but previously released by ESCI and reboxed by Revell and Italeri).

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!