Here's an easy way to add landing gear to almost any RC airplane! Josh and Josh share one of many ways you can add landing gear as well as how to make your own wheels!
Our landing gear design is going to go on our FPV Bixler and will be an internal/external landing gear design. This is the same deisgn used on our swappable scratch built series.
These measurements may vary slightly depending on the airplane you're attaching yours to.
Start with 2mm Piano wire, cut the length to 40 centimeters and bend it in half at 20 centimeters.
The center bend we just made needs to be measured to the width of the fuselage, in our case it's 8 centimeters. The grid cutting board is very helpful for projects like this!
Continue to bend the wire and flare out the 8 centimeter ends while keeping the center bend at a 90 degree. Next we'll bend the flanges for our wheels.
We secured a popsicle stick through the foam fuselage and another short piece inside of the fuselage to secure the zip tie from pulling through the foam.
Position your wire and zip tie the center bend to the middle and zip tie it. A good tool to have on hand is a pair of hemostats, these are long plier/scissor like tool that will help fishing zip ties and placing internal support inside your fuselage.
Then, zip tie the wire to the outside of the popsicle sticks.
Next, you'll need some wheels!
We made our wheels from slices of foam 'pool noodles' and caps from some old water bottles!
These are some of the easiest and cheapest wheels we've come up with yet, and we could probably make 20 more sets from the rest of the foam!
Hot glue the caps into the foam but be sure to let the glue cool for a moment before inserting, otherwise you'll melt your foam.
When drilling the holes in the caps, don't drill all the way through! You'll want to drill each side of the caps to be sure that the hole is center on each side.
To secure the wheels on the wire, you can use wheel collars. If you don't have any wheel collars available you can simply use zip ties on the wire and secure it with hot glue.
This is one of many ways to get some landing gear on your FPV Bixler or any other RC plane!