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Old 05-01-2003, 01:04 AM
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Guys,
I am having to build some new landing gear for my Hanger 9 PT-19. I am using 3/16 music wire. I have tried to bend it slowly but it always seems to break on me. I was just wondering what is the best technique for bending this stuff or is there a place to have it done. Hanger 9 no longer has any so they are no help.
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Old 05-01-2003, 01:21 AM
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I have a "bender" that is clamped in a vice and it works very well
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXL786&P=7

For lighter stuff I prefer round nose pliers. Your 3/16" is pretty heavy duty. Usually, having a mandrel, like the shank of a screwdriver clamped in a vice, to bend the wire around helps prevent the fractures you are experiencing. It is possible you will need to heat soften and re-anneal the wire, depending on the severity of the bends you are attempting.
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The Mighty Bender made by K & S can handle 3/16" wire. I've done it with no problems. It's a nice tool.
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RIGHT! K & S benders , once in a life time purchase. MAX H.
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Instead of replacing the wire landing gear with wire, you might want to consider substituting some formed aluminum gear. TnT Landing Gear http://www.tntlandinggear.com/ likely has something that will be perfect.
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Here's a link to the K&S Mighty Bender:

http://www.flyhobbies.com/kandsmightywirebender.htm
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higgley has some benders also
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Didn't mention Higley as theirs is for the smaller wire. The K & S mighty & mini will handle it all up to 1/4". Think you are going to need a pretty good vise to hold the big one so don't try your little shop one. Isn't it strange we always need some thing bigger & better, it never ends does it? My idea of enough is when they make delivery of your last order during your funeral !
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Robart hinge points for the casket lid. Err... maybe the heavy duty ones.
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I have an 18" bolt cutter with five small steel spools attached just below the cutting jaws which are for bending wire. It will bend 1/4" music wire at a perfect 90 degrees or whatever angle is needed. I don't know the brand name but it was made in Taiwan (of course).
Heating music wire to bend it almost never works because the original temper of the steel is lost. If you heat it and let it cool, it becomes soft. If you heat it and quench it, it usually gets brittle.
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This thread...

http://www.rcuniverse.com/showthread...ing+piano+wire

...has instructions for tempering the wire back to its original properties..
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