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Old Feb 28, 2013, 07:25 PM
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DC3/C47 retracts

Are there any electric retracts available for the Top Flite DC3?
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Old Mar 01, 2013, 08:10 AM
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I believe that Robart has a set.
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Old Mar 01, 2013, 11:05 AM
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The Robart DC-3 retracts are pneumatic:

http://www.robart.com/products/top-f...-main-retracts

Robart offers pneumatic-to-electric conversions for some of their gear, but I didn't see anything on the DC-3 gear. Might want to drop them an e-mail.

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Old Mar 01, 2013, 11:46 AM
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I'm sorry, I didn't read carefully enough. My mistake.

As far as I'm aware, the Robart units are the only ones available for this model.
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Old Mar 01, 2013, 05:48 PM
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I have a Top Flite DC-3 kit and a set of the Robart pneumatic DC-3 retracts and curiosity got the best of me about an electric-prowered gear option. I emailed Robart and Erik answered:

"Currently we will not have this available until summer or fall time frame."

The answer was short and sweet, so no indication of there will be a retrofit for the current pneumatic gear or not. From what it looks like on the Robart website, they're coming-up with electric actuators that fit in place of the pneumatic cylinders for some of their gear models. let's keep our fingers crossed the the DC-3 gear cylinders make the electric-powered cut.

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Old Mar 01, 2013, 06:44 PM
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I would contact Lado retracts, they might want to do some for the DC-3.
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Old Mar 01, 2013, 07:13 PM
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Isn't there a company that coverts any retract to electric? I can't remember the name - something like 'Down and Locked'?????
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 07:57 AM
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I've often wondered if a 180 degree retract servo could be mounted to replace the pneumatic cylinder?

The travel could be adjusted to lock at both ends,by the servo arm length..

I used one servo in the Midwest 82" AT-6 to retract both wheels,and it struggled,until I added small springs to assist the "up" cycle.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 08:50 AM
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I'm told the new Spektrum retract servo is proportional, metal gear, and has about the same torque as the JR 791 (my current mechanical retract servo of choice).
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 08:58 AM
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I have plans for the Ziroli DC-3,and I don't wanna pay that much for the retracts...I can copy the design,and if the servos will be capable,that's the way I'll go.

I have the Likes line electric retracts in a P-51 for 16 years,now....faultless....They're WORTH the money-it's just not chump change !
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Old May 27, 2013, 01:13 PM
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A plan for DC-3/C47 electric retracts is here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1608221
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Old Sep 12, 2014, 07:08 PM
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New 1/8 scale DC-3 / C47 plans and retracts



My DC-3 designs and construction: Build Log
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