have had a lot of requests for landing gear for our airplanes. After
trying several different types, we have settled on the simplest
ones we tried. The struts are a light weight design. Our struts
break and are easy to replace if broken. They are made from 1/8"
carbon rods that are on this website.
The struts are
solid carbon cut to 9" long and fit all of our electric models.
The first step is to attach the axels to the struts. Hold the axel
on the end of the strut with the axel part crossing the strut. This
disperses the shock to the strut, not the wrap. When you have it
in place, a drop of ca and a little kicker will hold it while you
wrap the axel to the strut. Wrap the strut to the axel with the
enclosed nylon thread. After they are wrapped, use Black Flash,
Thick Ca or, Epoxy to finish attaching the axel to the strut.
Next, visually decide where you want the wheels to be. They should
be slightly in front of the leading edge of the wing. Use a #11
blade to make a hole through the lower part of the fuse about ¼"
square. Now fit both of the struts through the hole, making an X
at the fuse. Then mark where you want the top of the struts to attach
to the fuse cross brace. This is where you decide where the wheels
are going to be fore and aft.
When you are satisfied with the placement of the struts, attach
them with a couple of drops of medium foamsafe Ca to hold them in
place while you make the solid pads.
Mix a little 15 minute epoxy and ground glass or flox to a peanut
butter consistency. Fillet around the X of the struts and the top
of the struts, as you see in the pictures. The wheels are secured
on the axels with a 2-56 nut placed at the inside of the axel and
held in place with a small drop of Ca. The outside nut is an acorn
gears are light and strong.
In case of a
broken strut, do not panic. Just drill out the strut from the pads
and slip a new one in place. It is easy to do and you can be ready
to fly in minutes. The pads stay in place, and after you drill and
insert a new strut, hold it in place with Ca
You can buy
most of the hard to get parts from my website, or I will put the
package together for you.
Landing gear, ready to install, with wheels.