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Old Apr 02, 2012, 04:02 AM
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What is the best landing gear for Multiplex Easystar?

I thought about putting landing gear on my easystar, however, I haven't been able to find a landing gear that looks like it will work with the easystar.
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Old Apr 02, 2012, 05:12 AM
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landing gear ??!! why the need for wheels..
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Old Apr 02, 2012, 05:32 AM
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It's hard to do gear for the EZ* without adding a lot of drag and ruining the clean aerodynamics that allow it to fly with a small prop.

You need to lift the nose fairly high to give the wing enough indecence to take off, and you need wide gear to prevent it tipping over.

I really wouldn't bother - get a FunCub instead.
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Old Apr 02, 2012, 06:15 AM
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Why not?

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I thought about putting landing gear on my easystar, however, I haven't been able to find a landing gear that looks like it will work with the easystar.
You could imbed a plywood plate in the belly, and clamp an axle to it, with a light-weight wheel on each end. (Make sure the axle is lined up with the leading edge of the wing). Or, you could imbed a retractable, single wheel unit, in the belly of the model. This last method will require nipping out a piece of the carbon rod, that is in the groove there, but that is not a threat to the integrity of the model.
This last method is more elegant, and more like a full-scale sailplane.
Good luck with it!
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Old Apr 02, 2012, 09:07 AM
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It's belly!!
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Old Apr 02, 2012, 01:51 PM
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Considering you have no prop limitations regarding ground clearance, you can use basically anything you want. You could even just shove a rod clear through the bottom of the fuse (maybe 0.5"-0.75" up), epoxy it in place, and mount your wheels to it.

I would agree about just leaving it as a belly lander, though. Unless you have some very specific need for landing gear, you can land (and maybe even take off) using the plane's belly.
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Old Apr 02, 2012, 07:55 PM
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Seems like a waste of time to me. But then again, we in the hobby love a challange. I have an EZ and don't know why I would put wheels on it.
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Old Apr 03, 2012, 02:53 AM
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You could even just shove a rod clear through the bottom of the fuse (maybe 0.5"-0.75" up)
That works well for landing on a hard surface, but it doesn't give the wings enough incidence for take off. The plane ends up scooting across the ground at full speed until it hits a bump big enough to bounce it into the air.
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Old Apr 03, 2012, 04:09 AM
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I installed a single wheel (40 mm dia.) as per gliders, level with the leading edge of the wing, on my Bixler. Only half the wheel sticks out into the airstream. It will take off providing the wings are held level as power is put on - hard. Takes off looking like a U2 on takeoff - full throttle, hard back on the stick.

To save holding the plane level you could put thin wire skids on each wing near the tips.
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