Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions
Base Kit: Revell new mold 1/48 Tornado
Thanks again to a great IPMS supporter, Ross at SAC… and to IPMS leadership for providing it to me for review. Metal gear rule!
This set provides 15 metal parts to replace the main and nose gear for the new Revell 1/48 Panavia Tornado. Besides the three struts, retraction arms, torque links, and associated extension and compression arms, there are also the torsion arms which fit at the top of the main struts which twist the gear as it retracts. Continuing their recent business model, Revell’s kit is a superior, cost-effective alternative to past 1/48 Tornado kits; detail is there, and out of the box you will have a show-stopper. Adding the metal SAC gear is, however, an excellent option.
One thing to note up front: the kit gear has two-sided struts; the SAC gear is one-piece per strut. In this scale, it matters…
As with Airfix, the Revell styrene on the newer kits can be a bit soft; landing gear, pitot tubes, etc., tend to be prone to bending over time. This is where SAC gear shines; replace with metal gear and solve the problem.