CB Tools Landing
by Floyd Werner, Jr.
I can never get my landing gear
IPMS straight. They look good to me but there is always something
just not right. I need all the help I can get. No not that kind
of help; help with my landing gear alignment. The latest tool
from CB Tools is just what I needed.
Designed for tail dragger aircraft,
the set can be used on 1/72nd fighters up to 1/32nd scale fighters
and 1/72nd scale bombers. It can handle tricycle gear but it
wasn't designed for that, but the process is simple. The maximum
wingspan is 24" (60,96 cm) and maximum main wheel center
to center spacing is 7.25" (18,41cm) and maximum main wheel
to tail wheel spacing is 9" (22,86 cm).
Included in the packaging tube
is three twelve inch threaded rods, a machined center fuselage
rail with the center line marked, two metal 'wheel pads' and
four alignment arms plus the associated hardware. There is a
small bag with some threaded pins for the wheels. The hardest
part of this entire process is the assembly of the parts but
if you read the instructions carefully though it makes perfect
sense. Once assembled just follow the instructions. I can't
stress enough to read the instructions at least for the first
Basically you hold the model
with the alignment arms and adjust them as necessary to align
the fuselage. This is then moved into position on the wheel
pads. This in effect traps the landing gear in place. Check
it, go ahead, it will be perfectly aligned. Apply glue and wait.
Then do the same with the with the tail wheel and wheels. Simple.
If I had any issue it was that
the model tended to move slightly. The arms are the key to securing
the model to the jig. Another easy fix is a rubber band wrapped
around the center section. Either way allows you to move the
model as necessary and held it firmly.
I used it on a Hasegawa P-40N
and found the set to be quite easy to use. The results were
spectacular. Perfectly aligned. I think I found my new favorite
tool. You can never have enough tools. Another great tool from
CB Model Products. Now if they can help me align my wings and
tails I'd be set.
Thanks to CB Model Products
for the review copy. You can obtain your copy of the jig by
contacting CB Model Products at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let them know that I sent you.
Werner, Jr. 2011