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Is landing gear necessary?

wheels are only for take off and landing ...once in the air ...not useful !
prop savers work well to save props on belly landers with cheap china props !
and as has been said, high mounted pushers do not break props !
from my experience...
How successful continued belly landing will be does depend on the plane.
Obviously a pylon mounted wing pusher design will never break a prop in normal use.

4 years old and still on the same prop. It will even slide take off unassisted on reasonably short grass.
For a conventional nose tractor arrangement it will depend largely on its landing speed. A light powered glider can survive even without a prop saver.

Even a relatively fast high wing twin will also stand a reasonable chance of its props surviving.

Hand launch/belly land works for me.;)