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KMDKLG4802TAM 1:48 Kazan Model Dynamics HybridCAST Landing Gear Set - F-14A F-14B F-14D Tomcat (TAM kit)
KMDKLG4802TAM 1:48 Kazan Model Dynamics HybridCAST Landing Gear Set - F-14A F-14B F-14D Tomcat (TAM kit)

Our Price: $34.99
Scale: 1/48

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Product Code: KMDKLG4802TAM


For the Tamiya kit

Kazan Model Dynamics proudly introduces an innovative new approach to an aspect of modelling aircraft that often falls well short of the standard of a finished build, and addresses several annoying shortcomings of what is currently available and possible. The manufacturing process culminates in landing gear legs and retraction struts with exposed metal oleos and pistons that look incredibly realistic, have no mould seams, and only require masking. Even the masking is not entirely necessary, as a gentle scraping of any paint applied will remove it without scuffing the metal.

Designed to fit Tamiya's masterpiece of a kit. This one is a little different in its complexity, but that is defined by the fact that it is the F-14...this ain't no '109. It has a grand total of 42 parts spread over three legs, two main, one nose and most of it is snap fitting...If this sounds high, bear in mind that twelve parts of that total account for the tires and hubs alone.

The legs feature all the brake and other hydraulic lines, and the exposed metal oleos speak for themselves. The picture above shows the part as cast, and features the flat piece designed to ease demoulding and extend mould life, and subsequently, keep production costs down. It is designed for easy removal, though, and is attached to easily accessed (and cleaned up) sections of the leg, and is otherwise attached to the leg with a 60 micron film. This is easily removed and is limited to the inside edge of the leg. The nose gear was a little more complicated and as much as possible, the corresponding flat films were cast with the leg itself, in an effort to keep parts count low (ish). Most of these corresponding films (not seen here) are limited to running down the metal oleo, and clean up is not difficult at all. Again, using resin that is not brittle at all helps in this immensely. As shown, the nose gear has ten (of twelve) parts in the shot above, and none are glued in place...

An indication of the type of engineering that went into these kits....here's the F-14 main gear leg. This is eight parts (of twelve) and only one is glued in place. The main arm is a snap fit just above the torque links (also snapped in place) and the smaller retraction strut that connects the main arm to the leg halfway up is also snapped in place. These are all free to pivot in place, prior to some nice, clean gluing. That smaller strut also features a metal piston, and frankly, these shots do not do it justice.

All of these sets are carefully designed to fit a specific kit, and that includes the locking brace for the F-14, not visible in this shot. incidentally, the F-14 set includes early, mid and late production rims, making them viable for the F-14A, B and D.

The metal forms the main bearing material, and the resin picks up the rest. The gear was load tested over extended periods of time to 300% finished model weight to ensure that the resin (love that stuff!) resisted creep where bending moments were generated. To top it off, the tests involved resin only prototypes (with no metal) and at 300% weight, the legs themselves bent, but no movement whatsoever was registered where, intuitively, the bending moment should have manifested itself. Of course, the metal that reinforces the gear and replicates the oleo piston prevents the bending that was observed in the tests. The metal extends the length of the leg, but not into the casting block, meaning no metal needs to be cut when assembling and prepping the gear. That would be mean.