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Solved What thickness of music wire for landing gear?

TDL

Active member
#4
I used clothes hangers that come with my shirts from dry cleaning shop. I found there are two types of wires for these "free" hangers, one is like 1/16" with white coating, another one is about 1/8" with dark green coating. the dark green one is prefect for landing gear, and I would strip the coating of the white one and use it for reinforcement or even push rod for larger plane.
My local ACE hardwares carries all kind of rods, wires, threaded rods, aluminum strips, etc. Hardwares stores and dollar tree are the few stores still open in my town right now. But it has been raining for days and I just don't want to restock my foam board on raining day....
 

The Hangar

Fly harder!
Mentor
#5
I used clothes hangers that come with my shirts from dry cleaning shop. I found there are two types of wires for these "free" hangers, one is like 1/16" with white coating, another one is about 1/8" with dark green coating. the dark green one is prefect for landing gear, and I would strip the coating of the white one and use it for reinforcement or even push rod for larger plane.
My local ACE hardwares carries all kind of rods, wires, threaded rods, aluminum strips, etc. Hardwares stores and dollar tree are the few stores still open in my town right now. But it has been raining for days and I just don't want to restock my foam board on raining day....
Thanks! :)
 
#8
For the Tiny Trainer or smaller, I use the wires from survey/sprinkler system flags. Sure you have to straighten it every few landings, but that means its taking some of the shock. Larger like the Simple Scout, I've used 2mm ( 1/16" ) wire. Intermediate like Shrubsmacker, I tried a 1/16 fairly soft wire. I have to straighten it every few landings, but otherwise works great and is very cheap.
 

IanT

Legendary member
#9
Varies depending on the model, clothes hangers are great for light weight. Plus 2mm is fine for Tiny trainers etc. Everything else 3mm thats as thick as I would go for larger foamboard models and some smaller balsa too.
 

IanT

Legendary member
#12
My wife asked me why I bought 20 wire coat hangers when we have 50+ wooden ones, hadn't got the heart to tell her the truth so said for my T shirts to save space LOL :LOL:
 

IanT

Legendary member
#14
Also depends on the stiffness of the wire your using, Ive ordered some 2mm wire which is only useful for push rods. Yet ordered some from another source same diameter which was ideal for landing gear.
Piano wire seems to be ideal quality wise, but the price is expensive for the quantity your buying.
 

IanT

Legendary member
#15
Last time I ordered some 3mm rod I used bright steel EN1A grade and bought a 1m length. I got 2 sets of landing gear out of that for £9.50 ($12.99).