Metal Landing Gear for Sword Lightning T4/5

Published: August 28th, 2014     
Product package
Product package
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Price: $12.95
Product / Stock #: 72090
Product provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC ... getting to be a household name among aircraft modellers by now.. IPMS USA and the reviewer corps appreciate your continuing to provide us review items... thanks also to the IPMS leadership for sending it my way to review.

This set is comprised of 9 parts to replace the plastic parts provided in Sword's excellent 1/72 Lightning T4/5 kit. On their website they don't' show it, but the scissors links are included. Sword's kit is the two-seat "tub" version, and the metal gear provides not only strength but peace of mind... and improvement on the kit parts.

Particular note: The nose gear. The kit would have you install the wheel/tire on the partial nose gear fork, and then glue/cement the other side of the fork to the wheel. Not SAC! You get a complete, sturdy fork assembly. Spread it slightly, install the wheel/tire, and you are done.

The main gear are also catered to with total replacement parts. This gear is long and spindly, and will, over time, bend or fail. Trust me on this.

The SAC gear addresses all these issues at a reasonable price. If you are building the Sword Kits, buy the SAC gear as it will not only make your life easier, but will ensure the model stays on the shelf without looking like a tired dog with splayed legs.

As you can see by the pictures, this set is worthy of acquiring... I recommend it highly!

Thanks again to Ross and SAC for producing one more upgrade in a long line of excellent metal gear for our modeling enjoyment!

  • Parts comparison
    Parts comparison
  • Left main gear
    Left main gear
  • Nose gear
    Nose gear
  • Right main gear
    Right main gear
  • Installed

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