Published on
April 3, 2022
Review Author(s)
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$13.95
Product / Stock #
14435
Base Kit
Revell
Provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions - Website: Visit Site

With the success of its A320/321 Airbus has proven a worthy competitor to the Boeing 737. This set replaces the gear parts in the Revell A321 New Engine Option (NEO) kit. Six parts are provided and the casting is directly from the kit parts including runners with kit part numbers on them. No doubt, there are advantages to metal parts supporting a model of this size but there are some issues. Removing the parts from the sprues was difficult to do without distorting the parts. The metal used is very pliable so they can be straightened out. In this scale, I don't know how precise the parts prep would have to be but the sample had some offsets in casting that needed a lot of material removal to make level joints. Once the struts are glued to the main gear, it makes a pretty stout assembly. I did not have the kit to compare too but photos references do match the parts fairly well. I’m not all that sure that modelers won't have the same problems with the plastic parts in the kit given the size of these parts. The metal used in these sets does polish up to make realistic oleos struts. If you want the advantage of the support metal provides this set will provide that. Just don’t expect a drop-in replacement without some work.

Thank You SAC for the sample and IPMS for sending this reviewers way.

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