Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear

Published: December 30th, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions
Price: $16.95
Product / Stock #: 32123

Upfront, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Scale Aircraft Conversions metal gear. I've had a chance to build two Wingnut Wings kits now and let me assure their kits are TOP NOTCH and fit and finish is unrivaled. In my humble opinion though, the weakest point of these large 1/32 scale kits are the beautiful scale landing gear, and the most obvious place to add some aftermarket metal bits.

My personal opinion regarding heavier 1/32 aircraft and smaller scale kits with fiddly landing arrangements, metal gear is the only way to go. Metal gear is more forgiving and has the wonderful ability to be gently adjusted, unlike their polystyrene relatives. Please be aware like any other molded product, it is helpful to clean the parts and prime prior to painting. The other important point is that standard model cement will not work with metal parts and another glue such as a cyanoacrylate glue (super glue), Epoxy glue, or a PVA (white glue) will be necessary to attach the parts to the model.

Scale Aircraft Conversions supplies the WNW Rumpler builder with both the main gear struts & axle as well as nicely detailed the tailskid. After making a side by side comparison everything seems very much up to scratch with the SAC metal parts. There does appear to be some mild mold lines that are easily dealt with by a few swipes of the sanding stick. I fully expect a good fit base on my past experience with SAC metal gear.

Again, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing their metal landing gear for review and to IPMS USA for allowing me to review their product.

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    Kit contents
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    Landing gear comparison to kit parts
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    Skid comparison to kit part