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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:06 am 
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So I just HAD to try to fly a FG Fokker d7.........

It did great until it sheared off the landing gear!

I think I'll try some wire for the struts next time. Anyone here ever made a shock absorbing LG for a WW1 plane?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 12:07 am 
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Not for a paper airplane, but for several RC slowflyers. For a Fokker-DVII-like plane, I'd do it like this:
1) Build the landing gear w.o. absorbtion, leave out axle and wheels.
2) At the point where the axle goes, replace the hole with a vertical slot (extracting the hole and fitting in the slot is left as an exercise for the reader); the length of that slot will
determine the absorbtion way (you won't need a lot). You will have to strengthen that part of the landing gear.
3) Insert the axle into the slot and fix it with small pieces of rubber so that it's pulled to the lower end of the slot.
4) Mount the wheels

You might get away w.o. 2) by simply putting the axle where the wheel struts meet and fixing it there with pieces of rubber.

Hope this helps

Edi


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:18 pm 
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Thanks!

I found a plan @ smallflyingarts that uses wire to reenforce the LG.

You leave the tops of the rear LG struts unglued so that the whole thing get springy when it "lands"....

I will add a balsa firewall to glue the LG to.


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