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#1 agriebel Sep 10, 2003 03:25 PM

Gear doors for GWS Corsair
I didn't like the spindly gear on the Corsair, but I love to take off and land, so the gear had to stay. I came up with a gear door that looks scale like, and make the gear look much better.


what do you think?

#2 Grejen Sep 10, 2003 03:55 PM

Much better!

#3 Mike Taylor Sep 10, 2003 05:17 PM

The gear looks nice, but that canopy doesn't look right at all in the side view...

#4 Mike Taylor Sep 10, 2003 05:24 PM

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Here's a picture of what I mean...

#5 JVBAV8 Sep 10, 2003 11:09 PM

hey man you make me jealous every time yours gets better
now I want doors on mine too
but mine retract the wrong way (inboard laterally)
are those MPI units like the ones I got from Hobbyhorse?
they fit great

what's the difference in the canopy other than the overhead sunshade?
I can't see any difference
my eye is not that keen for the scale appearance (airplane looks like an airplane to me)
it's these details that can enhance scale appearance
so we all might learn what to look for

#6 JVBAV8 Sep 10, 2003 11:11 PM

thanks for the picture though
it will help me to make mine better:D
any more scale schemes that we already have decals for?

#7 JVBAV8 Sep 10, 2003 11:15 PM

link to more corsair fun
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this thread may have similar interest for post veiwers
another hobbyhorse corsair with retracts

#8 Mike Taylor Sep 11, 2003 12:01 AM


The one pictured in the link in the first message goes way up in the air and back down to the rear deck at a steep angle. The real ones blend into the fuselage at a much flatter angle. The canopy in the model Corsair bulges too much. Compare the CAF planes to the one in the link and you'll see what I mean...

#9 JVBAV8 Sep 11, 2003 02:31 AM

I see
don't think it can be done easily with a heat gun
just gotta not look as close
now I know
now I look

#10 thunder1 Sep 11, 2003 03:42 PM

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Mike, Here's a side view of the F4U-1A. GWS is pretty close to this. But I would'nt care either way. I still love mine.

Those gear doors look great but they add a lot of drag. I believe the real plane was limited to 130 with the gear down.

#11 Ralph A. D'Amelio Sep 11, 2003 04:21 PM

Look good, I think I will add to mine....but the wheels got to go. BTW thanks for the speed limit on gear down, I am sure I can keep it below 130....;)

#12 agriebel Sep 11, 2003 06:51 PM

JVBAV8, those are just fakes, the gear is still fixed. I'll have to fly it with them off then on to see how much drag they add. Shouldn't be a problem when I go brushless....Still thinking about doing your retracts, but am concerned that I may not get the hole through the wing even on both sides...

#13 JVBAV8 Sep 11, 2003 07:43 PM

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I was too
it's easy if you use a sharpened aluminum or brass tube
about 2-3mm od should be big enough for a little dubro flexible pushrod
use the middle of the inside bottom corner as the tube insertion point
use the middle of the outside top corner as a guide to rest the tube against
this aligns the tube straight down the middle of the wing and keeps the tube from wandering in depth
twist and go slowly - don't do the whole length all at once
all you can see on mine is a 1/4" hole inside the gear mount well and a 1/4" hole in the bay cut in the center of the wing
very clean install
just as long as your tunnel doesn't break the surface it will be invisible

#14 agriebel Sep 11, 2003 08:55 PM

I will do it, but not for a while. I will fly it like it is, then on to the retracts....thanks for the info...

#15 Highlander Sep 11, 2003 09:37 PM

Has anyone come up with a nice, more scale-like prop hub instead of the stock spinner? Look at the pic Thunder1 post to see what I mean. Any ideas?

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