RE: Electric Retracts for .60 Size Corsair?
I received the FMS gear last night. Overall, I have to say that I am impressed with the physical construction for the $70 price tag. The gear comes with nice struts equipped with torq links and 4" wheels that look quite scale. Too bad they won't fit in the wheel wells of the Top Flite plane without cutting out the old well. Maybe I'll do that in the future, but for now I'll just use a set of 3.5" wheels I have laying around.
The gear are definitely not drop in, but the work required to use them isn't too terrible. The body of the gear is significantly longer than E-Flites or other similarly sized gear. Maybe this will translate to more robustness, only time will tell. Since the gear case is so much longer (they take up the entire length of the pocket in the wing), you will have to trim the balsa wing sheeting all the way to the leading edge and then lightly sand a portion of the leading edge and the main spar for clearance. You will also have to add a hardwood rail on top of the existing rails to keep the front of the gear case from punching through the sheeting on the top of the wing. This is the biggest drawback to this set of gear since the wheel will now stick up out of the wheel well by about 1/4". It's not the end of the world, but the scale nuts won't be happy with it. If I get a chance I'll post up some pictures tonight.