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Oct 20, 2017, 07:38 PM
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Balsa USA 1/3 Scale Sopwith Pup


Has anyone purchased the scale landing gear for the pup and if so any comments? I am thinking about purchasing the kit. Getting tired of replacing bent axles.

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Oct 20, 2017, 07:41 PM
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It looked like the mods most people have been making (including myself). But, I haven't seen it in action.

I've only got 25-30 flights on mine, but with some shock absorption, I haven't noticed any problems in the axle. I use a 1/4" rod for mine though.

(I usually set her down real soft though!)
Oct 21, 2017, 06:06 AM
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Mind is about 14 yeas old and when built I built the landing gear as instructed in the kit. The kit axle is 3/16". I have looked at changing my axle to a 1/4" but would need to dismantle the entire gear assembly. Might end up doing that anyway.
Mine weighs 37 pounds and just setting around and hauling it to the field, the axles start to bend. I usually try to keep it propped up off of the wheels to prevent the axle from bending.
I usually set mine down softly as well. They fly like a kite and land softly anyway.
Oct 21, 2017, 10:20 PM
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Mine stays in the trailer usually, with the axle resting on a foam block. The stock 3/16" axle did seem too weak.
Oct 22, 2017, 01:19 PM
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I am going to replace the axle one more time and keep it on blocks as you have. If I need to replace the axle in the future I will change it to a 1/4" axle. Do you have any pictures you could send me of your gear?
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Fred
Oct 22, 2017, 05:49 PM
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I think you'll get the best idea from post 173 here:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ith-Pup/page12


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