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Old Nov 26, 2012, 11:36 PM
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Hi Tartago,

Could not agree more, this a beautiful plane to fly, but the undercarraige is just all wrong!
Even after a close to perfect landing, and then still a nose over is never a good thing.
Really enjoyed your modification, but I decided not to move the retracts after some of your warnings and decided on a slightly different approach.
I moved the wheels forward and towards the centre of the wings as far as I could, then made new, longer struts, replacing the original 2.5mm spring steel with 3mm spring steel.
Also then strengthened the wheel wells with some balsa beams.
The wings are now even stiffer than than in the as-bought kit.
Put a forward bend in the steel struts just after they exit the rectract gear.

Took her up this morning and the landing was perfect, even on the slightly longer grass. No more nosing over, so very pleased.
As you know, it's never an easy thing, getting out the knife and starting to hack chunks of foam off new model, but very pleased it worked out here.
After a few more flights, I will make new doors and fit them.
Some pictures in case anyone with this beautiful plane is interested:
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