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Landing Gear Legs
MiG-3 and Bf 109B/D/E

 

Model Point

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Price: 4801 - MiG-3 for ICM US$2.00
4803 - Bf 109B/D/E for Academy, Hobbycraft, Tamiya
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Two main gear parts in turned brass (MiG-3 set includes two additional small rods)
Review Type: In-box
Advantages: Crisp detail, smooth machining, strong, accurate; good packaging
Disadvantages: Needs significant additional work to attach wheel and main gear to undercarriage bay; minimal instructions (none for MiG-3); still need to use some kit undercarriage gear components; availability may be limited.
Recommendation: Recommended for experienced modellers only.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

Model Point is a new brand, but the packaging gives a clue to the lineage of this new range of model accessories. The blister pack bears an unmistakable resemblance to the amazing Moskit exhausts.

The first review sample is designed for the 1/48 scale MiG-3 by ICM (pictured above), and the second will fit Tamiya's, Hobbycraft's or Academy's Messerschmitt Bf 109B/D/E in 1/48 scale (pictured left). Other sets in the range include 1/48 scale Yak-7/9 and MiG-21. Optional wheel sets are also available.

Each set includes two turned brass gear legs. These parts are very smooth and detail is crisp. No seams are visible anywhere. They will be an undoubted improvement over standard kit parts, especially the MiG-3 gear legs with their soft detail.

However, some delicate surgery will be required to mate these raw machined brass gear legs to plastic kit parts to permit attachment of wheels; oleo scissors and the main mount at the top of each gear leg. These components will have to be carved off the kit parts, drilled out and carefully attached to the new brass legs. The need for these modifications makes these accessories the sole domain of the experienced modeller. You'll still want to add hydraulic lines, straps and other minor details too.

Considering the important modifications required, instructions are disappointing. In fact, there is no hint of instructions with the MiG-3 set.

Despite the extra work required, these gear legs will add valuable detail to these models.

Recommended to experienced modellers.

Thanks to Mikhail Poutnikov for the review samples.


Review Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 16 September, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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