|Nov 24, 2010, 08:43 PM|
F4U Corsair: The Landing Gear & "GOODYEARS" by Robart!
With the combination of the 90º rotating struts and the split bay doors, the Landing Gear on the Corsair is quite unique for a model of this size.
The nifty little sequencer makes everything work in unison, and FMS has made it really easy to hook into the electrical system including the Y-harnesses that are included.
The only improvement I could find on the main LG was changing out the stock wheels and tires. I chose the Robart 2 3/4" Goodyear ribbed tires w/spoked scale wheels. I was hoping to use the 3" Goodyear's, but the tire was to big to fit in the wheel well, so I settled for the 2 3/4".
To get them to fit properly so the spoked caps would fit on the wheels, I had to cut 3/16" off the axle. I tried several different collar combination's, but none would allow enough clearance for the hub cap. I finally came up with a simple way to hold the wheels on the shaft with the use of an O-ring. First I took a 10-32 die and threaded it on the shaft as far as it would go just to get some kind of bite to retain the O-ring. I then installed 2 nylon spacers both on the inside and outside the axle hubs to center the wheel where I wanted it. Once done, I slipped the O-ring on, adjusted it so the wheels would spin freely (I spun 'em a lot to make sure the O-ring stayed in place)! After being assured it was going to work, I installed the 8-spoked hub cap, checked the air pressure, and I'm good to go!
After all the pre-fab was done, I took the wheels apart and sprayed them with Krylon Metallic Bright Silver.
UP-DATE 11/29/2010: I change out the O-ring I was using to hold the wheel assembly on the axle with a 5/32" push nut.
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|Nov 25, 2010, 08:03 AM|
Sandancer... Quick question, what brand of retracts are you using? And do they make ones that do not rotate? Looking at some for my scratch built 60" wingspan P51 I am building. Thanks for your help and Nice Corsair!
|Nov 25, 2010, 12:21 PM|
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