Metal Landing Gear for Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant
More metal gear from Ross at SAC - another winner set. THANKS VERY MUCH for sending IPMS USA another of your expansive line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review.
This is the SAC-standard metal landing gear improvement over the kit plastic. Airfix newest releases are just fantastic, and easy to work with, but the landing gear being part of the new plastic as well tends to be a bit “soft”. This SAC set has seven parts; two main struts, two retraction links, two torque links, and a tail wheel and strut combo.
This was another “only takes five-minutes” installation once I got to the point of being ready to install the gear. The gear struts and drag link fit right into place, superglue and finished. Same for the retraction/extension arm; all were a direct replacement for the kit parts.
The torque link required care in installation because of the size and use of gel superglue to hold it in place, but once there in stayed in place. This link includes a representation of the curved “Dirt scraper” brush which exists on the actual aircraft.
The tail wheel strut and tire? Just glue it in place!
The photos tell the story; the SAC gear fits perfectly into place, and I know have a rough-field gear that will shrug off my attempts to break it. The other benefit is I can bend the gear into place to ensure appropriate camber and castor on the tires after installation. All around user-friendly!
SAC gear makes the difference for many kits like this. An easy “10” rating, thanks again SAC for staying at the front of the landing gear requirements with all the new releases, and IPMS USA for the forum to review them.