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We are currently producing a line of white metal landing gear for 1/24 to 1/72 scale aircraft. Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear. Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts. We have not sought to duplicate component parts where the factory plastic parts are reasonably accurate.

Some thoughts about white metal parts

Why white metal?

One advantage of white metal over styrene plastic is strength. Metal parts will not warp under the weight of a built model regardless of the size of the aircraft, no matter how many years it stands on display. Another advantage of white metal is the way it holds up under "working" conditions (drilling, scoring, sanding, etc.), as it is much more dense than styrene plastic and has a much higher melting point. Being quite malleable, it can be bent without the fear of breaking & a useful characteristic when it comes to final alignment "tweeking". Note: our white metal contains no lead.

Tools for working with white metal.
  • Since styrene cement has no effect on white metal, parts should be attached using CA glue (e.g. Superglue). We recommend using a thicker "gap filling" CA where parts need time to be positioned. Once in place you can use an accelerator to bond the parts instantly. These products can be found where ever hobby supplies are sold.
  • A set of miniature files comes in handy for removing mold parting lines while fine gauge wet-or-dry sandpaper aids in further "clean up" and polishing areas that represent polished steel.
  • A variable speed rotary tool can be useful for detailing certain areas. Just be careful not to grind on your fingers and ALWAYS wear eye protection. I knew a guy once that ... ...
  • Paint will adhere directly to white metal parts. However, a light coat of primer first will guarantee adhesion of the of the paint.

As always, good photo references are necessary in order to achieve detail accuracy. Close up photos of landing gear are essential when you're adding stuff like hydraulic lines. Good landing gear photos for most of the aircraft in our growing series of 1/32 to 1/72 scale sets can be found in the Squadron Signal Walk Around series and the Detail & Scale series.

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