Scale Aircraft Conversions | #32074 F4U Corsair Landing Gear for 1/32nd Tamiya Kit

Reviewed by Ray Peterson

A recent release from Scale Aircraft Conversions is this new accessory set for the new-tool Tamiya 1/32nd F4U-1 kit. The set includes the main landing gear and tail gear fork as well as separate bracing, retraction arms and the like.

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. While the casting is quite good, it is not as nice as the Tamiya parts and 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. The F4U, while it has pretty hefty gear, the SAC gear is of course the same size as the kit gear and bends pretty easily. While it seems pretty stout, I am not sure the SAC gear is as strong as the kit gear and will not bend over time. Also, some of the smaller parts may be hard to use. Clean up of seams will be difficult, and the soft alloy will bend so easily it may be hard keeping them to stay straight. The modeler may be better off using the kit parts for these smaller detail parts if they decide to use the SAC gear.

Only Recommended if needed to replace broken kit parts.

Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review set.

© Ray Peterson 2014

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This review was published on Saturday, June 21 2014; Last modified on Thursday, December 29 2016