|Jul 15, 2011, 03:34 PM|
E Flite P51B - Conversion and Installation of the New FMS Version 6 Tail ETract
Here's the base retract:
Not too shabby for $16.00!
The E-Flite 10-15 Steering Arm cost about half that. http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...ProdID=EFLG113
I think the above listed assembly is a steerable version of this retract
Here's how I modified this small E-Tract unit to fit into the E-Flite P51B's existing tail wheel opening and to steer via a pushrod linkage.
I will add text when I get a chance. For the time being, the photos are self-explanatory
E-Flite 10-15 Steering Arm Modifications Required
E-Tract Unit Disassembly
E-Tract Unit Modifications Required
E-Tract Right Housing Modifications
Fabricate and Install a Bottom Mounting Plate
Install Pushrod Guide Plate - Note the Tubing Bushing
Start the insertion in the deepest part of the retract bay, the front. Use a clockwise twisting motion and wiggle if needed. Insertion should NOT require any force. The unit will go in freely if it is turned in at the correct angles.
Step 1 Step 2
Step 3 Step 4
Drill Mounting Holes
Remove, Install Pushrod and Steering Linkages
The only way I can make this easier is to do it for you!
|Jul 16, 2011, 04:44 PM|
I can't tell you how many different servoless retracts I've tested, how many different steering linkage configurations I've tested and how many tries it took to make it fit into the tiny, shallow opening of the P51B. I settled on this setup because it is the lightest E-Tract and the most reliable steering linkage I could come up with. Total weight is 1.25 ounces, including the mounting plate, E-Flite Steering Arm and clevis.
I may elaborate a bit or add more pictures at a later time, but I think what I've posted is fairly self-explanatory. If you have any questions let me know?
|Jul 18, 2011, 08:50 PM|
|Jul 18, 2011, 09:33 PM|
I was thinking about what about some tail wheel gear doors...perhaps something like the set up on the FMS Mustang....wouild be nice to have the tailwheel bay covered when retracted.....just isn't much room inside. Just a thought that I'm kicking around....
|Jul 18, 2011, 10:00 PM|
I am happy that the E-Tract fits! There is physically no room to spare when installing the assembled E-Tract into the the retract bay. Therefore, any hinges would be in the way. Now, if the hinges and doors can be added after the E-Tract is inside of the retract bay and made removable for servicing the retract, then I don't see any reason why it is not doable. If you figure out how to install gear doors please share. For the time being, I am happy that I don't have to look at a tail wheel hanging down or watch it retract in the wrong direction.
Now if the automotive paint supplier ever comes through with an Olive Drab that matches the Oracover I'll be able to finish my plane.
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