F-16XL Landing Gear

Published: August 18th, 2016     
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Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Price: $18.95
Product / Stock #: 48302
Product provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced white metal replacement landing gear for the recently issued Skunk Models Workshop F-16XL kit. (See my kit review at F-16XL Experimental Fighter).

I have reviewed several of these sets and have purchased several more on my own, because in all cases they have been superior to the kit items.

The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kit plastic parts. The set includes "light" main gear for early XL configurations and "heavy" main gear with landing lights, for the post-1983 modification, which includes the NASA versions. Detailing is improved over the kit parts. An altered nose wheel strut assembly (more accurate detail of bracing) is included. The main gear bay rear bulkhead is also rendered in white metal for the additional strength. The supplied items also include all main and nose gear braces, and the nose gear oleo scissor and light assemblies.

A side-by-side evaluation (see photos) indicates identical or improved cast replacement parts that should provide a greater strength assembly, significantly improved weight capacity and abuse tolerance. The photo of my completed review build with the kit-supplied gear after a display case mishap should reinforce this statement. I will be using the SAC gear in my follow-up build of a second kit as a two-seater.

The parts will take any brand modeling paint I have tried, after a soapy water wash and clear rinse, followed by a coat of Tamiya primer. In some cases (not on the F-16XL, obviously), if your subject's gear is natural metal, painting may not be necessary.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Scale Aircraft Conversions for the opportunity to review this item.

  • SAC website image
    SAC website image
  • Damaged landing gear
    Damaged landing gear
  • Side-by-side comparison
    Side-by-side comparison
  • Side-by-side comparison
    Side-by-side comparison

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SAC F-16XL Landing gear Upgrade

I know this is way late, but the SAC F-16XL gear is not a mear copy of the kit's gear. Shunk Model's F-16XL gear is the same as the Kinetic F-16, which means the Heavy Weight Gear is poorly and under represented detail/accruacy wise. It is obvious the SAC use the Main Gear Strut and Tension struts from Hasegawa's Mitsibishi F-2 to correct the Kinetic LG, which was a clever application. 

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