IAR-80 Metal Landing Gear

Published: July 10th, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions
Price: $14.95
Product / Stock #: 48319

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white metal replacement parts. Its line of replacement landing gear has been expanded to include a set for the 1/48 Hobbyboss IAR-80.

The set includes 5 parts with the following breakdown: two main landing gear struts plus actuator arms for the above and a tail skid. The parts are finely molded in white metal. These parts are drop-in replacements for the plastic parts.

I should say that these parts are more than just drop-in replacements. Many of the white metal parts actually comprise the equivalent of a few plastic parts, so you get an easier job of assembling the landing gear as you have fewer parts to deal with.

Note that in this particular set, you will have to bend "open" the wheel fork for the main landing gear in order to install the wheel and then bend it back to the "closed" position. This is not an issue because you are using white metal.

Recommended to modelers of all skill levels.

I would like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS/USA for the review sample

  • Package contents from SAC
    Package contents from SAC
  • Comparison of kit parts with SAC metal gear
    Comparison of kit parts with SAC metal gear
  • Comparison of kit parts with SAC metal gear
    Comparison of kit parts with SAC metal gear