Scale Aircraft Conversions | #24005 Landing Gear for Bf 109 (Trumpeter)
Reviewed by Ray Peterson
A recent release from Scale Aircraft Conversions is this new accessory set for the Trumpeter 1/24th Bf 109 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 these rather ignored kits and ignored scale. This gear also does away with having to deal with the funky sprung main gear that Trumpeter provides, as well as combining the tail wheel fork into a single part. Scissor link parts are also combined and supplied in white metal.
Casting quality looks very good with little flash and only a slight molding seam. Some parts may need to be carefully bent to correct alignment but due to the nature of the white metal this is not difficult.
I still am not happy with the softness of the alloy used. However, the gear of the 1/24th 109’s 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.
This review was published on Sunday, December 30 2012; Last modified on Wednesday, May 18 2016