Bronco’s 1/35th scale model of the Horsa Glider Mk. 1 is quite an impressive model, as anyone who has built it will tell you. They may also mention that the landing gear of this kit is fairly fragile, as it’s obliged to hold up a fair amount of weight on this over two-foot long kit.
Scale Aircraft Conversions have come to the rescue with a very nice set of white metal parts which are direct replacements for all of the landing gear components including the front fork. The only thing not reproduced is the skid itself.
As you might expect, these are stronger for the most part than the styrene items included in the kit, and should assist in keeping your model from “drooping” over time – something I’ve been a bit concerned about with my own copy.
In an ideal world, these might have come in brass, which would have guaranteed rigidity, but these are still a great improvement in terms of durability over the kit items. I heartily recommend them for anyone tackling this impressive monster.
As always, my thanks to both Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS/USA for an opportunity to review this aftermarket product as well as beef up my own model of this fascinating vehicle.