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Scale Aircraft Conversions Avro Lancaster B. Mk I Landing Gear for the HK Models Kit -- 1:32 Scale

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For a while now, HK Models has been making waves with their large-scale injection- molded kits, including their 1:32 scale B-17s, Mosquitos, B-24s, and Lancasters.  Scale Aircraft Conversions (or SAC, for short) is a well-known manufacturer who has been producing white metal landing gear for kits between 1:18 and 1:144 scales since 1990.  Recently, SAC released a cast white metal replacement set consisting of the main gear and tail wheel assembly for the HK Models Avro Lancaster B. Mk I.  Let’s check it out.

This set contains 15 parts – four really big main landing gear parts, eight main gear struts and braces, and one part for the tailwheel assembly.  These are largely based off of and cast from the kit parts.  A few little detail enhancements sometimes appear on SAC white metal parts, but the mounting points and other parts that contribute to the geometry of the gear are unchanged.  The casting quality of these parts for the big HK Lanc look great – solid detail, no casting defects or errors, and overall appear to be very nice white metal replacements for the kit parts.  

When working with SAC landing gear, I usually like to gently polish them with a buffing wheel or buffing pad in my Dremel set at a very low RPM.  For me, that provides the means for any necessary clean-up and a great, super-smooth surface to apply primer and then paint.  Some scale modelers really enjoy using these white metal landing gear parts.  They are stronger than polystyrene (something to consider especially for larger-scale kits) and thus are better at long-term load-bearing.  These parts are also just a little malleable allowing for minor gear alignment or dihedral tweaking.  And remember, superglue is needed to bond metal to plastic.  Thicker, gap-filling CA glues are best for this kind of work.  Lastly, SAC gear contains no lead and is safe to work with.     

We extend our sincere thanks to Ross McMillan at Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at https://www.scaleaircraftconversions.com where you can browse all their products, order directly from SAC ,or contact them as well. 

 

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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