^^^ Good looking Pietenpol. I finished up my templates and then the skies opened up and gave me over 40" of snow since last Thursday, another 12" maybe tomorrow. Chomping at the bit to build this one but life is getting the way.
It is heavier than the standard push rod but it is also not as heavy as a coat hanger... depending on the coat hanger. I have some "thin" ones that are ~ the thickness of the landing gear.
YMMV but I would use the thinnest coat hanger for the landing gear. The standard push rod would work but you would be straightening it out after each landing and sooner or later it would break at the bends.
My Pietenpol has been retired. Last contact with the ground (cart wheeled) broke the glue connections on the struts internal to the fuselage and before I do more (fatal) damage, I put it up as a display. I believe I do not have the correct hot glue as it does not stick to the water resistant foam board very well.
Better than my FT SE5a. Did a similar "landing" and it broke off both wings. And that was on it's second flight.
The electronics found their way into the FT Pietenpol to live for another 4 flights...
I seem to need a smoother landing area for these minis and the first thing to go is the landing gear struts. One bounce on them and they are all busted up. You might leave them off for your first flights...
Here's a few pics of my Piet. this is my first R/C plane and my first experience with painting water resistant foam board. so the paint job went bad when i removed the tape after second color, but being my first plane i figured i'd crash it anyway....and i did...but got it flying great now. but having an issue today with motor glitching and not turning over. but here's my piet so far. I've already purchased a second piet and 4 other speed build kits, lol
it's 1/16" craft foam , you can get it at the local craft store in sheets. I'm presently making front wheels for the guinea pig out of sheets of 1/4" black foam as the wheels they sent me are like 1".....no way they will roll where i fly! and they don't stock 1.5 wheels in the store currently.
Also, all my pilot figures i downloaded from the thingyverse web site in my last cockpit comment. not all were meant to be air craft figures but it's easy to just cut off any figure you want at shoulders and make a pilot out of them. I use a free program called MeshMixer.