Bf-109F Landing Gear

Published: August 15th, 2012     
Parts Package
Parts Package
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester - IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Price: $12.95
Product / Stock #: 48-176
Product provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues to crank out metal landing gear for a lot of recent kits. One of their latest offerings is this set for the impressive 1/48 Zvezda Bf-109F kit. The SAC set contains both main gear with separate oleo scissors, and also a new tailwheel. The tailwheel appears to be slightly smaller in diameter than the kit part; otherwise, there doesn't appear to be any difference.

The SAC gear legs and oleo parts are very well molded, but so are the Zvezda kit parts. As you can see from the accompanying photos, there is very little difference in detail and crispness of detail. It looks like the mold seam on the metal gear is not quite as pronounced as on the kit part, so cleanup should be a little easier. I did not have the opportunity to check the fit of the SAC gear legs, but the attachment point looks to be identical to the kit part. I plan on using the SAC gear on the Zvezda kit, and then I will try to make the Zvezda landing gear fit one of the Hasegawa 109F's that are in my stash.

Due to the light weight of the kit and the quality of the kit parts, the decision to use the SAC metal landing gear is entirely up to individual preference. If you are the type of modeler who likes to get every aftermarket item available for a certain kit, then you can't go wrong with this set of landing gear by Scale Aircraft Conversions. The molding is top notch, and my experience has shown that the fit will be precise. I have no reservations about recommending this product. Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review another fine product.

  • Main gear comparison
    Main gear comparison
  • Tailwheel comparison
    Tailwheel comparison

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