Published on
November 8, 2022
Review Author(s)
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$12.95
Product / Stock #
72185
Base Kit
Hasegawa
Provided by: Scale Aircraft Conversions - Website: Visit Site

This set is designed to provide replacement parts for the Hasegawa/Hobby 2000 SBD Dauntless kits. The package includes two complete sets of gear, consisting of the two main gear struts and two options for the tail wheel assembly – one with the small hard rubber tire used for carrier operations and the other a larger pneumatic tail wheel used for shore-based operations by Navy and Marine aircraft and the Army Air Corps A-24.

As with most of SAC’s landing gear sets, the metal parts are intended to be one-for-one replacements for the kit parts. The parts are well cast and need just a little clean-up of the casting seams with a sharp Xacto blade. I recommend taking your time removing the tail wheels from the casting tree or you will end up with a very flat looking tire as I did on the smaller wheel. Also, be sure you do not trim off the long extension pointing aft above the tail wheel as it is supposed to be there - it is a tow bar used to help move the plane.

Be sure to check your references on the paint scheme you have selected for your Dauntless before committing to paint as the tail wheel assembly needs to painted to match the underside color, as are the outer wheel covers. I also recommend that you look for photos of the main gear struts for the paint scheme you are modeling. The photos I found in my old Detail & Scale book on the SBD shows them to be white, but the aircraft they are on has a white underside.

This a nice set and will add some rigidity to your Dauntless. Recommended.

Thank you to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review set.

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