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Old Feb 10, 2013, 04:48 PM
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In another episode of Aros Follies, after a great flight with a blue sky and puffy cloud backdrop, I brought her down for landing. Apparently I must have stalled her about 3 feet off the ground because she suddenly stopped flying and sank right into the dirt...One of the retracts gave way. From my vantage point I thought the retract was toast.

Turns out, just like before, the housing simply popped out. I had to give the strut a twist and it popped back into place, the oleo shock still worked, everything was fine, just the housing needed to be glued back into place.

I epoxied it back together and she's good to go.

The point being...More evidence that these stock retracts are TOUGH.
Man you better not be doing that crap with that mustang I sent you . Lol
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 05:00 PM
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LOL!! NO DOUBT! I have a bad habit of chopping the throttle if I come in high. Many times I can get away with it as these really are gentle flyers but other times, like today, it bites me in the rear. I promise you I won't be fiddling around with the Red Tail!
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 05:39 PM
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You guys are lucky basterds for being able to fly this time of year! over here we have snow, wind, rain and cold..
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 06:56 PM
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You guys are lucky basterds for being able to fly this time of year! over here we have snow, wind, rain and cold..
I admit.....we are very fortunate
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 07:48 PM
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Yeah we've had a pretty mild Winter here in the Pacific Northwest. We do get our share of wind and rain though...
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 08:00 PM
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If you guys need some snow just let me know.. We have lots to spare..
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 08:14 PM
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Yah, and I'm in the next snow bank over!
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 08:21 PM
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ya , but that is why all the dammms good hockey players are from Canada , youve got ice !!!
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:51 PM
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Hub failure

I had a hub failure just like Aros but with the new updated hub. Heard a loud bang and lost rudder and canopy but landed without damage except for the firewall. As you can see no damage to the cowl so it was a blade / hub failure. The prop was assembled by weighing each blade on a triple beam and matching opposite sides for weight. Final balance of the prop was perfect. Made no noise in flight except for the bang. My next F4U will have the same power plant and prop as my LX P-40. Hacker 2000 watts and 18x3x10 cf prop. Weight and battery requirements are the same but I can get 2000 watts out of this setup. Pictures are on the p-40 thread if interested.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:58 PM
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Hmmm - not good news. It must have been a great save on your part. How did you get it down?
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:14 PM
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I was lucky. When the prop / hub failed, the vibration pulled out the 3 wires to the motor and which saved the plane from being destroyed from vibration. Had enough altitude for a nice approach into soft alfalfa with the gear up.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:17 PM
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Hmm. So the hub fractured! That's quite disappointing! Now I am worried....
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:53 PM
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I had a hub failure just like Aros but with the new updated hub. Heard a loud bang and lost rudder and canopy but landed without damage except for the firewall. As you can see no damage to the cowl so it was a blade / hub failure. The prop was assembled by weighing each blade on a triple beam and matching opposite sides for weight. Final balance of the prop was perfect. Made no noise in flight except for the bang. My next F4U will have the same power plant and prop as my LX P-40. Hacker 2000 watts and 18x3x10 cf prop. Weight and battery requirements are the same but I can get 2000 watts out of this setup. Pictures are on the p-40 thread if interested.
Could the hub have been fractured due to a blade breaking of?
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 03:12 PM
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Who knows, never had a prop strike. The root of the blade failed or the hub failed. The end result is the same.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 04:31 PM
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Hi. IM new to site .ive been flying for 15mos. started with fb stratos and a micro corsair frm pz. I just bought a f4u select scale corsair with retracts and nav lights . its a 1100 series . havnt maiden her YET! First plane of this size for me. any sugg. ?
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