Scale Aircraft Conversions | #24003 Spitfire Mk. I/V/VI Landing Gear (Trumpeter/Hobbycraft)
Reviewed by Ray Peterson
A recent release from Scale Aircraft Conversions is this new accessory set for the Trumpeter/Hobbycraft 1/24th Spitfire Mk. I/V/VI kits. The set includes the main landing gear and the tail gear.
This set is simply meant to be a direct replacement for the kit’s plastic landing gear, providing the modeler the option to go with white metal instead of plastic. It is nice to see some aftermarket for this rather ignored kit. This gear also does away with having to deal with the funky sprung main gear that Trumpeter provides, as well as combining some of the tail wheel parts into a single part.
I still am not happy with the softness of the alloy used. However, the gear of the 1/24th Spitfire is quite substantial in diameter so the SAC gear will not bend as easy as in smaller scale kits. So I am confident it is stronger than the kit gear and will hold up well. Nor do I expect the SAC gear to sag over time.
Recommended as a quick and relatively low-priced replacement for the rather gimmicky kit gear.
Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review set.
© Ray Peterson 2012
This review was published on Sunday, July 22 2012; Last modified on Sunday, August 11 2013