AH-64D Apache Landing Gear
There’s a lot of parts, fourteen to be exact, to this landing gear replacement, and they are done very well. Parts represented are D20,21,30 and 31; G28,35 and 45, and J12, 13, 16, 17, 32, 38 and 39. Of course they are all in white metal, which requires some polishing and some smoothing of the surface on a couple of the parts, and assembly using gap filling CA glue. The parts come in the typical SAC clear plastic bubble card. The AH-64 is a heavy aircraft, so he white metal assembly will definitely give it some stability.
SAC has always prided themselves in correcting things that are wrong with kit parts, but they missed one in this set. The tail wheel strut, which is made up of two parts to represent kit parts J38 and J39, still has the ejector pin holes on the inside, plus one went all the way through. The arms of the strut are smooth on both the inside and outside. SAC has joined these two parts at the tailwheel, so there’s not a lot of alignment and cleanup that must be performed.
My thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS for the review sample.