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Old Feb 08, 2013, 02:43 PM
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Is anyone using 2.75" wheels? They seem to be able to fit into the wheel wells. The 2.5" wheels look a little small. Or is that just me?

I've ordered the VQ oleos. My robostruts were a little too short and the wrong geometry, to boot. The VQ oleos can accomodate 2.75" wheels it appears.

btw: Do the 4mm struts from the Eflite 46 85º retracts fit in the VQ oleos without modification?
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 03:29 PM
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Is anyone using 2.75" wheels? They seem to be able to fit into the wheel wells. The 2.5" wheels look a little small. Or is that just me?

I've ordered the VQ oleos. My robostruts were a little too short and the wrong geometry, to boot. The VQ oleos can accomodate 2.75" wheels it appears.

btw: Do the 4mm struts from the Eflite 46 85º retracts fit in the VQ oleos without modification?
The larger wheels may work as long as you grease your landings......Once the gear legs get just a little tweaked you gear will jam.

I haven't done the scale calculation but they do look a little small or it may be the legs look spindly without the struts.

Dave
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 05:46 PM
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Here's some downthrust and an altered cowl to accommodate it.
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 05:48 PM
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The larger wheels may work as long as you grease your landings......Once the gear legs get just a little tweaked you gear will jam.

I haven't done the scale calculation but they do look a little small or it may be the legs look spindly without the struts.

Dave
They look small. A lot of the times, WW2 Warbirds wheels and Spinners are close in size. This spinner is much larger than the wheels.

The oleos will prevent the struts from bending... Unless you have an absolutely terrible landing. No cures for those...
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 06:15 PM
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Here's some downthrust and an altered cowl to accommodate it.
What size Saito is that?
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 06:42 PM
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The larger wheels may work as long as you grease your landings......Once the gear legs get just a little tweaked you gear will jam.

I haven't done the scale calculation but they do look a little small or it may be the legs look spindly without the struts.

Dave
actually, scale wheels for this size model are closer to 3"!
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 08:04 PM
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I ordered some dave brown lite-flite treaded 2.75" since that is the largest that will fit in the VQ oleos. 3 inch wheels would look and perform better, to be sure.

That's a Saito .56 in the photo. I'll be using a short straight pipe exhaust to minimize the visual distraction and maximize the wonderful 4-stroke sound.
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 11:18 PM
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I have a question. I am in the process of building mine still, and having issues getting the motor and spinner to line up properly. The top of the cowl and the top of the spinner are about 5 mm and I have tried shimming it, I have adjusted it all the way up, and still no luck getting it any higher. Is the firewall meant for an asymmetrical motor mount? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Feb 09, 2013, 07:11 AM
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Put the plane upside down when you are mounting the motor.
That way instead if slipping down as you work, with a minimum effort it will go as high up the firewall as it can.
I got mine to align almost perfect that way.

Also install all four screws before you tighten any. Then you can wiggle the motor in place and tighten the screws one at a time and not move the motor.

Am I correct in assuming you have a power 32 motor?
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 11:44 PM
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I will be using that motor, but for mock up I am using the Turnigy G32. They are exactly the same dimensions, so there should have not been that much difference in the motor mount. I will be running the Power 32 when I get everything ready to go, as I am not planning on maidening this plane until this summer at the earliest. I have to become a member of a different field that is bigger before I can get it up in the air so that I can have a much larger area. The field I fly at right now is not big enough for it, and does not have enough space to land properly.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 07:28 AM
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I have to become a member of a different field that is bigger before I can get it up in the air so that I can have a much larger area. The field I fly at right now is not big enough for it, and does not have enough space to land properly.
M....I belong to 3 clubs for that same reason, the first club I joined is for inside flying and parkflyers, the second is a very large polo field....but the horse divits will easily remove your retracts.... and the third has a paved runway pertfect for warbirds...
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 01:30 PM
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M....I belong to 3 clubs for that same reason, the first club I joined is for inside flying and parkflyers, the second is a very large polo field....but the horse divits will easily remove your retracts.... and the third has a paved runway pertfect for warbirds...
Similar situation here, I'm in three clubs. The retirement community has an electric club on the polo field. Just outside the community is a mixed electric-glow-gas club with a graded runway. Then, 20 miles away is a mixed electric-glow-gas-turbine-heli club with a paved runway. (When I was on Long Island I was in the Grumman Wingnutz, LIARS and HELI clubs.)
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Similar situation here, I'm in three clubs. The retirement community has an electric club on the polo field. Just outside the community is a mixed electric-glow-gas club with a graded runway. Then, 20 miles away is a mixed electric-glow-gas-turbine-heli club with a paved runway. (When I was on Long Island I was in the Grumman Wingnutz, LIARS and HELI clubs.)
Im in Babylon, Whitman and LIARS....the LIARS have a great field....Im familiar with the Villages...whet to a few saturday night car shows there...where do you fly ???....as my parents use to be in Ocala
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 09:25 PM
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Im in Babylon, Whitman and LIARS....the LIARS have a great field....Im familiar with the Villages...whet to a few saturday night car shows there...where do you fly ???....as my parents use to be in Ocala
Within The Villages, the E-Flyers fly weekday mornings on the polo fields in the older section, on Buena Vista Blvd. north of rte 466. (south of Spanish Springs where the cruise-ins are held) Just outside of The Villages, the Southern Eagle Squadron flys at the Lady Lake town landfill off Rolling Acres Rd. The Ocala Flying Model Club flys on "Greenway" property off 115th St north of Bellville but south of Ocala city
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 12:26 PM
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My club is on a 200 acre sod farm so no problem with space.

Saw the recent post re wheel size.

I flew the Eflite P51 last summer with 3 inch wheels and fixed gear raked farther forward than factory. Great flyer. Have to use 3 inchers in the short but thick grass or nose-overs on landing are a problem.

Decided this winter to install Eflite electric retracts with the stock 2.5 inchers. Right away thought the small wheels looked silly and I knew they would have problems in the sod.

Looked at them for a month and decided to open up the wheel wells for 3 inchers which means a 3.25 inch well. Eyeballed it for another month and decided there was barely enough room between the main spar, leading edge and outside rib. Took the plunge and opened up the wells taking my time and constantly checking dimensions.

Turned out great. Enough room without wrecking anything. Also appears to be enough forward raking to help avoid the dreaded nose-overs.

Will post some digitals once I get everything back together.

Bill
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