Gear for WNW RE.8

Published: April 7th, 2020     
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Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Price: $16.95
Product / Stock #: 32142
Product provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) offers an extensive range of replacement landing gear parts for a wide variety of kits. I have some experience using SAC items to replace kit parts and I've found that the SAC items add strength to the model without sacrificing any of the detail found on the original parts.

As mentioned in other reviews, I tend to be a rather heavy-handed modeler and I have a long history of "critical parts" failure with WWI models which is self-made and not a reflection on the quality of the original kit. I've snapped wing struts in half, broken off tail skids, and caused catastrophic damage to undercarriage support structures. Knowing that I've "got a problem".

I now take it for granted that when I select a WWI aircraft model as my next project one of my first actions is to visit the SAC website and  search for any SAC products that can replace kit parts such as wing struts and landing gear components. I have found that SAC gear replacement parts are a positive addition to my modeling effort.

SAC offers a set of white metal replacement parts for the WNW RE.8 which includes a tail skid, axle for landing gear, and axle brackets. There is no flash to remove and these parts are ready for painting and fitting to the fuselage of the RE.8. The parts are made of white metal. No detail found on the original kit parts is missing. The size and shape are identical, the locating pins or locating holes are the same, it is, for all intents and purposes a perfect match. This is important when working with kits of exceptional quality such as the Wingnut Wings kit for which this set is intended.

When shipped to buyers, the gear set(s) are contained in a sturdy cardboard box with Styrofoam shipping eggs so there will be no damage to the product package and no damage to the parts.

The significant difference between the original parts and the SAC parts, however, is "strength". The metal parts will bend but unless some catastrophic accident occurs, they will not break.

This product ranked a "highly recommended" comment due to the detail found on the product parts, the strength of the parts, and the reasonable price for the product.

Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for making this gear set, #32142, available to IPMS/USA for this review.

  • RE.8 Gear Parts
    RE.8 Gear Parts
  • WNW Box
    WNW Box

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