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Solved Corsair Landing Gear

#1
I was wandering if there would be any way that I could fit an FT Corsair with a retractable landing gear. I don't really know anything about the different mechanisms like air or mechanical or how they really work.
 

Merv

Well-known member
#2
Retracts look great but they are not nearly as robust as fixed gear. To be successful, you will need a paved runway or one that is extremely smooth.
 
#3
Retracts look great but they are not nearly as robust as fixed gear. To be successful, you will need a paved runway or one that is extremely smooth.
My main runway is grass and not the best grass either. Even my Apprentice S with super springy undercarriage looks as though its struggling. I suppose I would rather sacrifice the looks and realistic take off/landing than buying new retracts every flight.
 

Berekiah

Well-known member
#4
Sadly I will have to agree with Merv here. I really love having retracts on my FT Master Series Corsair, but I am now on my second set using Eflite's instead of Dynam's. A rough landing tore up the gears in the first ones so I'm trying hopefully a stronger set. They also add quite a bit of weight to a foam board model. Good luck if you decide to add them.
 
#5
Sadly I will have to agree with Merv here. I really love having retracts on my FT Master Series Corsair, but I am now on my second set using Eflite's instead of Dynam's. A rough landing tore up the gears in the first ones so I'm trying hopefully a stronger set. They also add quite a bit of weight to a foam board model. Good luck if you decide to add them.
How do you add them? Just curious.
 

Berekiah

Well-known member
#6
I detailed a bit of my construction and flights on the forum Baa Baa Black Sheep. There are some other approaches as well, but I just cut out hobby plywood to fit around the retract as a mount and then cut into the bottom of the wing to add additional foam support and the mount on top. I glued it in with hot glue, but my new mount I just put in is using foam tac. I screw in the retract to the mount and there we go.

The difficult issue is finding room for the wheel to fit in the wing. There is not a lot of room in the wing of the Master Series Corsair so I have had to mount the retract a bit lower then I would have liked. It just barely fits. I'll include photos and details on the new retracts in the Black Sheep forum when I finish the new install. Hope this helps.
 
#7
I detailed a bit of my construction and flights on the forum Baa Baa Black Sheep. There are some other approaches as well, but I just cut out hobby plywood to fit around the retract as a mount and then cut into the bottom of the wing to add additional foam support and the mount on top. I glued it in with hot glue, but my new mount I just put in is using foam tac. I screw in the retract to the mount and there we go.

The difficult issue is finding room for the wheel to fit in the wing. There is not a lot of room in the wing of the Master Series Corsair so I have had to mount the retract a bit lower then I would have liked. It just barely fits. I'll include photos and details on the new retracts in the Black Sheep forum when I finish the new install. Hope this helps.
That's brilliant. Thankyou.