E-2C Hawkeye Landing Gear

Published on
July 6, 2014
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Provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions - Website: Visit Site

Scale Aircraft Conversions, or SAC, make replacement landing gear for a wide variety of aircraft, in all the major scales. They are cast in white metal which is stronger than the plastic used in the kit’s pieces. To quote the company’s website, “Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components. Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts.”

This set is made to replace the landing gear on Hasegawa’s relatively recent E-2C kits. With added nose weight and all the parts that make up the kit, it can be relatively heavy. The metal landing gear will much more easily support that weight. Since they’re direct replacements for the kit parts, no modifications are really necessary. As with most of the things we do, some minor mold seams may need to be cleaned up, but they’re not bad at all. You may also find some parts have become bent in shipping, but the metal is malleable enough to handle being straightened out.

Given the added strength and easy replacement, I’d say this set is worth the investment and is certainly recommended.

Thanks go to SAC for the donation of the review item and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.


i assembled the Hasegawa gear from the VAW 126 Seahawks kit and was pleased with the detail, but I too was concerned about the weight.  I found and ordered these.  Upon assembly I discovered a critical piece is missing on the main gear.  the unit that goes alongside the main gear at the connection for the spring.  in the kit, there is a 'knuckle' with a small hydraulic line protruding which meets up with the small line extending from the landing gear retraction arm.  Hasegawa represents this fairly well, yet it is missing from the SAC Kit.  I've checked pics, and no one has a photo of this part. Is this part structural/ no.  Will it cost your placing in a contest? Yes! How about when you give it to someone who flew or maintained the a/c?  HECK NO.  I'm not a rivet counter but I can't fathom a strut just hanging out there.

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