Do-17 Metal Landing Gear

Published: March 3rd, 2016     
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Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Price: $15.95
Product / Stock #: 72120
Product provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set (SAC #72120) replaces the main gear legs and retraction struts along with the tail wheel. You have to use the kit main wheels and fenders. You get five metal reproductions of the kit parts in the usual soft white metal. That's where my difficulty with this set started. Airfix has done an excellent job of reproducing very delicate landing gear parts in plastic. The main gear legs trap the main wheels and the flexible properties of the plastic parts help. It also really helps when you install the gear parts into the finished gear wells. There's a lot of fiddling once the parts are the bay and again the plastic assisted by snapping back to its original shape. The metal parts on the other hand, bent and were very difficult to realign once the glue set. For that reason, I preferred the plastic parts. This is the first SAC set I've used that created more work than it was worth to have metal parts. If you just got to have metal gear under your Do-17 be ready for some very careful fitting with this set.

Thank you to IPMS and SAC for the sample.

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