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Old Dec 06, 2009, 06:54 PM
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Landing Gear up or down?

I am building some more WWII birds and the ones in the past had landing gear down during flight. I am mixed if I want the landing gear down or up during flight. This is for looks only, obviously landing gear up flies better, but once again I am trying to decide what looks better during flight. What are your opinions? I am 50/50 myself.
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Old Dec 06, 2009, 07:03 PM
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I'm with you....50/50 on this. It really depends on the airplane I guess. Nothing looks more awkward than a Spitfire with its narrow set gear hanging down....yet nothing looks sleeker than that same Spit with her gear up! I never minded having the gear down if it was a sturdy looking set...like a Corsair or Hellcat. But it looks all wrong when you have a narrow track and spindly legs...BF-109, TBM Avenger...
Now tricycle gear always looks good to me...P-39, P-38, B-25 etc.
That's my 2 cents.
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Old Dec 06, 2009, 08:28 PM
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To my mind for flying the models should be as the originals are during flight. If the gear can retract then it should be retracted unless rules for contests get in the way.

Ideally we'd have some form of retractable landing gear to allow for ROG takeoffs but still look sleek and typical of the originals in flight. But that ain't so easy so we gotta go with the best compromise. And to me that's either retracted for hand launches or some form of retractable if the rules insist on ROG's.
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Old Dec 07, 2009, 05:47 PM
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The ONLY time a warbird has its wheels down, is up to 10 seconds after takeoff, and about a minute before landing.

Go figure!
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Old Dec 09, 2009, 12:59 PM
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just build your landing gear to plug in. dowel the l/g legs to friction fit into aluminum tubes in wing. this way you can display the plane on it's gear and remone them for flight....
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Old Dec 09, 2009, 05:32 PM
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Well, considering the relatively slow flight carachteristics of free flight rubber powered models, I think the idea would be that the a/c is in the pattern.... getting ready to land, and so the gear is down....
I think the gear down would also help with minimizing tissue tearing, but then you run the risk of structural damage if it hits hard. Decisions, decisions....
Make 'em plug in and then you get the best of both worlds!
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Old Dec 09, 2009, 08:56 PM
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Thanks for all your replies. I am now going to make my landing gear on my WWII birds plug in.
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Old Dec 10, 2009, 01:44 PM
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So I rebuilt the Guillows Messerschmitt, this time with better wood. Final weight is 30 grams with rubber. The first was 46 grams. She flew great and I like the landing gear up, so for now on plug in landing gear. Thanks for all your input.







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Old Dec 10, 2009, 10:19 PM
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Fantastic!
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Old Dec 11, 2009, 03:21 AM
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That's brilliant. Wonderful to see a Guillows warbird (admittedly a somewhat improved one) flying so well on rubber power.
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Old Dec 21, 2009, 03:55 PM
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Avenger post

David,

I ask you this question in your Avenger post.

Daniel
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