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      Post #66511, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Just starting the Minicraft MD-80 kit. I've read that the main landing gear supplied with the kit needs to be extended about 2mm. Question: Does the Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal set correct this problem?

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      Post #66512, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi,

      Unfortunately they do not.

      I often read SAC are simple recast of the original part, featuring most of the times defects found on the original styrene parts (ejector pin marks, mould misalignment ridges, etc).

      I find 1/144 styrene airliner kits not heavy enough to justify these metal gears, they are sometimes even weaker than the original plastic parts. IMHO it is money better invested in a nice aftermarket decal sheet, but that is just my point of view.

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      Post #66515, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I agree. I've seen the SAC parts for the Minicraft MD80 and the Revell B738 and A320. They are all identical to the kit parts. That is particularly unhelpful with the B738 because Revell have made it with an incorrect "tail in the air" stance which SAC could have corrected if they had done more than just clone what was already there.

      The only use possible use for the SAC parts is if you're refurbishing an old model and break an undercarriage leg or something like that. Otherwise don't waste your money

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      Post #66516, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      I agree. I've seen the SAC parts for the Revell B738 and A320 and they are identical to the kit parts. That is particularly unhelpful with the B738 because Revell have made it with an incorrect "tail in the air" stance which SAC could have corrected if they had done more than just clone what was already there.

      The only use possible use for the SAC parts is if you're refurbishing an old model and break an undercarriage leg or something like that. Otherwise don't waste your money



      +1. I've built 6 of the Minicraft MD-80s. It's not terribly difficult to add the 2mm. Some brass rod lathed down to fit and some epoxy and you're there.

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      Post #66523, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      For me, the SAC MD-80 gear came in handy as a replacement for the very fiddly resin gear on the PAS Boeing 717