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Old Dec 20, 2008, 08:18 AM
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tricycle landing gear or tail dragger Telemaster 40

Hey guys what are the pros and cons to tricycle landing gear or tail dragger?
I have a telemaster 40 kit and it can be set up either way what does everyone recomend?

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Old Dec 20, 2008, 09:17 AM
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I recommend both ways.....
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Old Dec 20, 2008, 11:06 AM
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Try the tricycle gear first. Both have different benefits, but the nose gear will help save props while you are learning. You can always change it later if you want.
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Old Dec 21, 2008, 09:59 PM
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Being that this is the beginner's forum, I would recommend going with the tricycle gear, at least first of all, as well.

Ground handling is tricky enough with a tricycle. Believe me, that has been the hardest part of learning to fly for me, and I have broken enough wooden props, and stalled enough engines by digging the prop tip into the ground, even with the trike setup, to know what I am saying !

Good luck ! Merry Christmas! Jim
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 12:08 PM
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Pros for trike;
1. Good ground handling characteristics

2. good landing and take-off characteristics. Easier to land in a cross wind.

cons for trike;
1. nose gear can be bent on hard landing

pros for tail;
1. no nose gear to bend

cons for tail;
1. a little harder to steer on the ground, especially in the wind.

If you are a beginner, use the trike, it is very forgiving for the most part,just remember to land on the mains and not the nose gear.
Just my observations, I've owned them both ways and prefer the trike set-up.
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 02:15 PM
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T.L.A.R. , RE the cons for trike and the prose for tail, you may not bend your nose gear, but you sure can break a prop ! Especially if it is a wooden one. ( don't ask me why I know ! )

Merry Christmas. Jim
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Old Dec 23, 2008, 11:08 AM
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T.L.A.R. , RE the cons for trike and the prose for tail, you may not bend your nose gear, but you sure can break a prop ! Especially if it is a wooden one. ( don't ask me why I know ! )

Merry Christmas. Jim

Yup, good point! Forgot to add that one.
I have on occasion broken props landing both with and without a nose gear!
Yep, it can be done! LOL!
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Old Dec 24, 2008, 11:38 AM
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Found an old Polaroid that brings back some good memories with my Telemaster 40.
Saito Gold Knight .50, Futaba 6 channel, optional flaps on the 5th channel and a home made snap-roll swith modification to the Tx.
Made for a very fun airplane for fun fly's or just relaxing puttering around.
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Old Dec 24, 2008, 08:55 PM
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Found an old Polaroid that brings back some good memories with my Telemaster 40.
Saito Gold Knight .50, Futaba 6 channel, optional flaps on the 5th channel and a home made snap-roll swith modification to the Tx.
Made for a very fun airplane for fun fly's or just relaxing puttering around.

Nice lookin telemaster Thanks for sharing

Merry Christmas

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Old Dec 25, 2008, 06:36 AM
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I prefer nosewheel and don't mind the maintenence that goes with it. I'm using a senior telemaster to learn as a taildragger. I'ts long fuselarge lenght helps with stabillity,when learning. I learned this lesson the hard way after wrecking a goldberg cub on take-off. I have another one that I made into a nosewheel type. It handles and flies very well. It also looks pretty cool.
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Old Dec 25, 2008, 06:21 PM
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I don't know if there is a benefit to either to be honest. It really depends on what you are used to. I've flown both and enjoyed both.

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