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Old Jun 19, 2014, 09:05 AM
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Delta Ray owners: Anyone fly without landing gear?

I was considering removing the landing gear but wanted to know if anyone has had problems with CG or prop damage? I almost always fly in grassy fields and I've knocked off the front gear several times on landing. I don't know if I'm inviting prop damage if I land on the belly, even if I cut power right before I touch down.
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 09:18 AM
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There's a promotional video about the Delta Ray on youtube which shows a belly landing with no apparent harm to the props. I have heard of others recommending belly landing in long grass (to act as a kind of cushion) which makes good sense.
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 11:41 AM
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I have a Delta Ray with about 120 flights on it. I have not had to replace any of the props. The key, whether belly landing or not is that as soon as your plane is on the ground you kill the throttle.
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 11:44 AM
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i am on my 2nd Delta Ray
My first one was given to me and had no landing gear and I had no problem with belly landing but did use reinforced packing tape on the belly
The second one had landing gear but they are so fragile and broke in just a couple of landings so i took them off and put packing tape on like before.I land on lawn grass as well as pasture grass. The nose has broken off of both planes so get some medium ca and some epoxy to glue the nose back on
as to cg there has been no problem as I just move my battery around for the wind conditions.
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 11:54 AM
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You can slow a DR down so much that flopping it onto grass won't be an issue at all and won't damage anything.

Even if you ding the props a bit it'll be alright. I'm still flying my DR with 200+ flights on it with the stock props that it left the box with. They have dings and nicks in them and they still work great.
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 01:35 PM
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Damaging a propeller on grass isn't an easy thing to do, especially if you cut the throttle moments before you touch down. You should be fine so long as you remember to kill the throttle before you land
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 05:22 PM
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Damaging a propeller on grass isn't an easy thing to do, especially if you cut the throttle moments before you touch down. You should be fine so long as you remember to kill the throttle before you land
+1 I always kill the throttle before landing
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Old Jun 21, 2014, 08:32 AM
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+1 I always kill the throttle before landing
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also read as:
Always kill the throttle when making contact with the ground.
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Old Jun 21, 2014, 04:04 PM
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+1
also read as:
Always kill the throttle when making contact with the ground.
to state the obvious - if the prop strikes the ground with power on, then the stopped prop/motor with power on can quickly burn out the motor.
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Old Jun 21, 2014, 06:33 PM
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Rando,

I have been flying my Delta Ray for a while now without the landing gear simply because it looks cleaner in the air. I belly land her in a field of rather short grass (MAYBE a half an inch tall) and she does fine. As far as prop damage, like everyone above has said, as long as you chop your throttle shortly before touching down, you shouldn't have any damage to you props.
Just make sure that both skid plates are glue on tight! My front skid has come off twice with the factory glue .. But some foam-safe CA takes care of it.

Good luck flying!
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