Spitfire Mk.IX Landing Gear
Motivation for Review
After taking a 1-year hiatus from modeling, I wanted to start back with a build that would be of strong interest for me. That is the Spitfire, and I decided to do 1/144, 1/72, and 1/48 builds in the Mk.IX series. At this time, the excellently reviewed: 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.IXc late version was released. For me, one benefit of being in the IPMS Reviewer Corp is to request items in which I have a personal interest, and since I had acquired all of the prior-mentioned scaled Mk.IXc model kits I thought that the Reviewer List might be able to provide me with replacement detailed parts for my builds. I was right, and this review is the first of the few parts that I have been able to obtain. I remain on the lookout for other parts. (Note: the 1/32 Spitfire scares me right now, but I am hoping that once I finish the 3 scales I have now that I will be ready for it.)
This is a case where a picture is worth a thousand words…or at least a few hundred. Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) has produced excellently detailed white metal landing gear that is an improvement in detail over the landing gear in the Eduard kit. This is not to lessen the quality of the Eduard kit, but there is only so much detail that can be created in small-sized styrene parts. The main landing gear is a one-for-one replacement. The SAC tail gear is one piece, having both sides of the wheel housing, while the Eduard tail gear has two pieces as seen in the attached pictures.
I highly recommend these replacement parts. Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing these parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this item.