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Old Jul 03, 2015, 03:06 AM
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I've been using skids rather than tail wheels for many years, but I stuck with the tail wheel on the Extra, after modifying it as shown. Since doing it with a hole drilled into the tiller's collar, which was very difficult to do, I realized there was a better way, also shown below. No drilling required. Just use the existing extra threaded hole on the collar. The rubber band shock absorber seems like a good idea, as well.
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Old Jul 03, 2015, 11:01 AM
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Nice build @Depronicus, I like your mods.

I still need help with my landing gear issue... Does anyone have a good method to repair it?
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Old Jul 03, 2015, 11:51 AM
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Nice build @Depronicus, I like your mods.

I still need help with my landing gear issue... Does anyone have a good method to repair it?
It's not the same plane but it looks like the plate is done the same from the pic.
Take a look at this repair thread.

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Old Jul 03, 2015, 12:01 PM
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Had a rough landing.... Torn out my landing gear and took the plate with it. Best way to repair it??
Cut the covering off the bottom in that area and start sawing new parts or gluing them back together with gussets.
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Old Jul 03, 2015, 12:13 PM
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Anyone have templates for the landing gear support plate for those who don't have the original pieces?
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Old Jul 03, 2015, 02:31 PM
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...I still need help with my landing gear issue...
Is the existing plate salvageable? It sort of looks like it might be. If you take it off the CF strut and dry-fit it back into place, will it fit well enough to re-secure it with epoxy?

If it can be put back in place, the slow-set epoxy I referred to in the above posts is really strong, and should hold it. You might also be able to add strength to the joints by putting in lengths of square balsa or bass on the top of the plate up against the fiberglass bulkheads.
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Old Jul 06, 2015, 03:13 PM
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Can someone tell me what size stand offs you need if running a Motrolfly 4315-480?
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Old Jul 06, 2015, 07:41 PM
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I wish I would've kept the templates I made. I had the same problem. I had to cut out a quite a few stringers to allow access to the inner longitudinal plates. I replaced those as well as the two diagonal plates. I beefed up the entire landing gear box with basswood gussets. Also, I used epoxy and nylon fabric to reinforce the landing gear box. Sorry, I wish I would have taken photos... written descriptions are vague at best. I guess the main point is, don't be afraid to tear out some stringers to get into the inner fuse. It's the only way to get at the crucial parts. I've ended up putting tundra tires (3 1/4" wheels) on my 60 airframes. They look totally goofy, but they make a big difference. The grass is so thick this year that I couldn't taxi at less than 1/2 throttle. Good luck with your repairs. I hope I helped a little at least. I agree with Depronicus, slow epoxy works well. It gives you time to position clamps.
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