F-101B Voodoo Metal Landing Gear

Published: May 16th, 2014     
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Reviewed by: Chris Gibson - IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/72
Price: $12.95
Product / Stock #: 72074
Product provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has a metal landing gear conversion set for just about every aircraft you'd want to build. The Revell 1/72 F-101B Voodoo is no exception. I just happened to have the Revell kit in my stash, so I pulled the model out and retrieved the kit landing gear to compare with the SAC landing gear.

I was surprised by the kit gear. It's relatively nice, clean, and detailed. The SAC gear is almost exactly the same as the kit gear. The casting on this set was not that clean. There were offset mold lines on all the pieces; it looked like the casting had shifted which caused the mold lines to be very prominent. This meant lots of work to remove the lines to make the gear look good. I have reviewed other SAC 1/72 metal gear and not had the same issues. Maybe it is specific to 1/72 scale due to the small size of the gear making it difficult.

I have to say that I would use the kit landing gear over the SAC gear in this case, and I would suggest that the SAC gear needs to be cleaner castings if they are to be drop in replacements. The set isn't need for the weight of the kit so being a drop in replacement is important.

Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the metal landing gear and thanks to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review them.

  • SAC Parts (Left) vs Kit Parts (Right)
    SAC Parts (Left) vs Kit Parts (Right)

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