Originally Posted by moronicus
Can the wheel pants be removed? Could you use oversized wheels for flying on grass with the wheel pants removed?
Unfortunately, unlike other models we've seen, you can NOT remove the wheel pants on this model. The main landing gear strut wire ends abruptly before it reaches the end of the strut cover. The very bottom of the strut cover is molded into a mounting plate for the wheel pants to secure to. There is a short bit of axle contained inside the wheel pants, captured between the two closed halves, open them up and it all falls apart. This means the entire wheel pant, axle and wheel assembly is only held on to the main landing gear strut by the 2 screws through the strut cover mounting plates into the back half of the wheel pant. It's rigid enough to work well but I can see it breaking(or at least suffering premature fatigue) if a side impact occurs... like a botched crosswind landing. However, under normal conditions the undercarriage should prove to be adequately durable.
Sorry no pics...