Scale Aircraft Conversions | 35004: Mi-8/17 Landing Gear (Trumpeter)

Reviewed by Ray Peterson

A recent release from Scale Aircraft Conversions is this new accessory set for the Trumpeter 1/35th Mi-8/17 "Hip" helicopter kit. The set includes the main landing gear and the nose gear as well as bracing.

I do not have this kit, but from online pictures I believe 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. Therefore while the casting is quite good, most of the details are unchanged and any defects of the kit parts, such as molding seams, are therefore replicated on the SAC gear.

I still am not happy with the softness of the alloy used. However, even though the SAC gear will easily bend the configuration of the gear is such that I think it will hold up well. No guarantees though! Some of the bracing is pretty spindly; at least one piece in my sample has bends in it. But if you break parts of the plastic gear, it should make a decent replacement.

Recommended only as replacement gear.

Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review set.

© Ray Peterson 2017

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This review was published on Monday, September 11 2017; Last modified on Thursday, September 14 2017