Landing Gear up or down? - RC Groups
Shop our Airplanes Products Drone Products Sales
Thread Tools
Dec 06, 2009, 07:54 PM
Registered User

Landing Gear up or down?

I am building some more WWII birds and the ones in the past had landing gear down during flight. I am mixed if I want the landing gear down or up during flight. This is for looks only, obviously landing gear up flies better, but once again I am trying to decide what looks better during flight. What are your opinions? I am 50/50 myself.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Dec 06, 2009, 08:03 PM
1:1 scale is fun!
ECBoehm's Avatar
I'm with you....50/50 on this. It really depends on the airplane I guess. Nothing looks more awkward than a Spitfire with its narrow set gear hanging down....yet nothing looks sleeker than that same Spit with her gear up! I never minded having the gear down if it was a sturdy looking a Corsair or Hellcat. But it looks all wrong when you have a narrow track and spindly legs...BF-109, TBM Avenger...
Now tricycle gear always looks good to me...P-39, P-38, B-25 etc.
That's my 2 cents.
Dec 06, 2009, 09:28 PM
B for Bruce
BMatthews's Avatar
To my mind for flying the models should be as the originals are during flight. If the gear can retract then it should be retracted unless rules for contests get in the way.

Ideally we'd have some form of retractable landing gear to allow for ROG takeoffs but still look sleek and typical of the originals in flight. But that ain't so easy so we gotta go with the best compromise. And to me that's either retracted for hand launches or some form of retractable if the rules insist on ROG's.
Dec 07, 2009, 06:47 PM
Registered User
vintage1's Avatar
The ONLY time a warbird has its wheels down, is up to 10 seconds after takeoff, and about a minute before landing.

Go figure!
Dec 09, 2009, 01:59 PM
Registered User
just build your landing gear to plug in. dowel the l/g legs to friction fit into aluminum tubes in wing. this way you can display the plane on it's gear and remone them for flight....
Dec 09, 2009, 06:32 PM
Well, considering the relatively slow flight carachteristics of free flight rubber powered models, I think the idea would be that the a/c is in the pattern.... getting ready to land, and so the gear is down....
I think the gear down would also help with minimizing tissue tearing, but then you run the risk of structural damage if it hits hard. Decisions, decisions....
Make 'em plug in and then you get the best of both worlds!
Dec 09, 2009, 09:56 PM
Registered User
Thanks for all your replies. I am now going to make my landing gear on my WWII birds plug in.
Dec 10, 2009, 02:44 PM
Registered User
So I rebuilt the Guillows Messerschmitt, this time with better wood. Final weight is 30 grams with rubber. The first was 46 grams. She flew great and I like the landing gear up, so for now on plug in landing gear. Thanks for all your input.

Dec 10, 2009, 11:19 PM
1:1 scale is fun!
ECBoehm's Avatar
Dec 11, 2009, 04:21 AM
Light and floaty does it
Work in Progress's Avatar
That's brilliant. Wonderful to see a Guillows warbird (admittedly a somewhat improved one) flying so well on rubber power.
Dec 21, 2009, 04:55 PM
If it flies, I crash it!
dlazarus6660's Avatar

Avenger post


I ask you this question in your Avenger post.


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question Fuel pump valve or gear up? humanidt The Builders Workshop 0 Nov 16, 2009 08:32 PM
For Sale F-27c Stryker brushless with landing gear Trade for heli or ? fixed3d Aircraft - Electric - Airplanes (FS/W) 4 Nov 06, 2009 02:19 PM
Discussion Pull/Spring up or down? Dunqun Hand Launch 5 Oct 14, 2009 09:59 PM
Discussion E-Flite Sukhoi 480 messed up my landing gear mwilson914 Crash Discussion 1 Aug 27, 2009 01:12 PM
Landing Function question: up or down? ajroahkni Slope 9 Oct 09, 2005 01:40 PM