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Dec 27, 2005, 08:04 PM
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Easy gear door mechanism for Retracts ?

I was trying to put a door on my retracts for my JHH F-86. The only one I really need is on the nose gear. Anyone have an easy way to make the door open and close without hitting the gear strut everytime?

Is a door door sequencer for a seperate servo the only option ? Is there a good cheap unit?

Just trying to keep the weight and space down.


- Ken
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Dec 28, 2005, 05:02 AM
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You just need a "bellcrank" that only works on the wheels last 5 mm of travel, and that is for the full travel of the door. I little spring holds the door in open possision.
I think the wheel will be the best to put movement to the bell crank.
I have seen it done in the scale forum ... but long time ago.
but I liked the simplicity of the idea.
if needed I can do a simple drawing on the system later today
Dec 28, 2005, 09:00 AM
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You could let the wheel open and close the door by giving the door a 90 or less degree bend on top, and adding a spring to keep it open.

Heres a simple front view drawing, something I experimented with once.
Dec 28, 2005, 09:49 AM
One eyed Corsair
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Here is pic of my f8 nose gear hatch "mechanism" (better than long speaking), I hope it'll help you...
Greetings from Paris
Dec 28, 2005, 02:06 PM
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Here are a couple of ideas, both of which I've used.

The diagram shows the system I used on a big GDF Hawk, using a sprung leg and mechanical retract mechanism, though a pneumatically operated system would work too. A side-hinged nose-gear door could use the "U" spring with one end fixed on the opposite side to the hinge.

The photos show the idea dreamed up by Ralf Dvorak for the El Bandito. The front door is operated by the piece of tube and sponge glued on the inside of the door and sliding on the wire nose-leg. The side door is operated by a sub-mini servo, and Orbit gear door sequencer from http://www.orbitronic.de/

Dec 28, 2005, 02:46 PM
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I've also done the trick where you put the gear up and CA a string from the non hinge side of the door, over the gear, and to the fuse right next to the hinges. This way if its set tight when the gear is up then it lets the gear flop open as soon as the gear goes down. Then as the gear goes up it only ppulls the door shut as the gear goes full up. Combined with a arm on the door attached to a rubberband you can spring load the door open.

Dec 28, 2005, 04:35 PM
One eyed Corsair
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I think i missed something with link. here are pics of my F8 gear hatch. Greetings from Paris
Dec 28, 2005, 04:59 PM
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Thanks for all the great ideas guys. I'll have to experement and work something out

Thanks again for the help

- Ken
Dec 28, 2005, 05:45 PM
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Please post what ever you come up, it could be a help.
Dec 29, 2005, 01:11 PM
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Well all your ideas paid off guys

I set up a rubber band tied to the offset hinge to hold the door open. I then placed a small piece of wire bent at an angle on the door. The wire has a hook shape on the end to catch the gear in the up position. As the gear comes up it pushes against the wire to close the door and then the hook holds the door closed when the gear is up. Gear comes down , moves away from the wire and the rubber band holds the door open.

I wish I could say that it was that easy to get working and get everything right. It took me a few mods and changes to get to this point but it seems to work.

Again thanks for all the help guys

- Ken
Dec 29, 2005, 01:37 PM
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