Saab J-29 Tunnan Landing Gear

Published: November 16th, 2016     
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Reviewed by: James Corley - IPMS# 35138
Scale: 1/48
Price: $16.95
Product / Stock #: 48308
Product provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white-metal replacement parts, now including the 1/48 Hobby Boss Saab J-29 Tunnan.

The set includes 10 parts with the following breakdown:

  • Nose gear main strut
  • Nose gear wheel housing halve
  • Main gear struts (2)
  • Main gear retraction scissor struts (2)

These parts are little more than drop-in replacements; the white metal parts actually are the equivalent to several plastic parts, and are interchangeable as they fit the plastic parts almost perfectly.

The main gear retraction struts are molded to their runners with a rather thick base at the pinion point. It took quite a bit of careful sawing to free the part. This resulted in deformed pins with not much "pin" left over even after I had removed the runner. The main gear legs are very thick (which is to scale), and seemed very stable when simply snapped into place.

The nose gear wheel skirt proved to be somewhat difficult to glue into place with the wheel attached simply because there isn't very much surface area to work with. I did manage to get it together without the wheel (see photo).

Recommended to modelers with an intermediate skill level.

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

  • Parts laid out in company website photo.
    Parts laid out in company website photo.
  • Parts from kit laid out with inches to provide sense of scale.
    Parts from kit laid out with inches to provide sense of scale.
  • Nose gear installed without the nose wheel.
    Nose gear installed without the nose wheel.
  • Photo of main gear taken from side.
    Photo of main gear taken from side.
  • Photo of main gear taken from below showing mount points.
    Photo of main gear taken from below showing mount points.
  • Close-up of main gear.
    Close-up of main gear.

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