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Old 03-12-2014, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dgiatr View Post
.......i will have to AGREE with McCrazy!!!. in all over "RC UNIVERSE" i see that you consider spending a fortune for retracts like something to be inevitable. Sorry HoundDog but here in Europe, we know different maths than you do ....Have you ever listen anything about EUROKIT; Here in Europe its the BEST COMPANY FOR MAKING RETRACTS AT HALF THE PRICE YOU PAY THERE. AND ITS FAR MORE BETTER IN QUALITY THAN YOURS. Except FW 190 AND BF 109 which need a special retract design with big angle, in all the other ocassions EUROKIT have a cheaper and more reliable solution. i really dont know why you, in U.S. have never heard of them...probably its a mistake from Eurokit. but for me i have over 15 pairs of them in my planes and i can tell you that its far more better in price and quality that some expensive retract of yours. Look here :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTBoc...-nrFLhgNo57dSw all the models you see there, except ESM BF 109 50CC, have Eurokit retracts.
now its ok, thank you for the remark!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTBoc...-nrFLhgNo57dSw
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:06 PM
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Shindinmachine makes a bullet proof retract right here in the good ole USA Sierra is excellent as well another USA built
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by n8622t View Post
Shindinmachine makes a bullet proof retract right here in the good ole USA Sierra is excellent as well another USA built
i would like to add that except that Shindinmachine are bullet proof retracts, Lenny who is the owner of the mark is a very good person!!!!i have personal opinion about Lenny and i could say that he is a very nice person.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:07 PM
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I know that Sierra are very expensive, and when I started flying warbirds I used to balk at the thought of spending more on landing gear than the whole aircraft, but time has taught me that it regardless of how good or expensive the model is, if the landing gear starts to play up. it's going to wreck the flying day.

I've used heaps of different brands of retracts, and being mechanical systems, without proper setup and maintenance, they can all give grief! Having said that. my sierras have been the most reliable, but also by FAR, the most scale too...

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Old 03-13-2014, 05:53 PM
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Lenny is a great guy and also a hobbyist like us so he understands our sickness...yer right TTec you can't overlook the thinking of some people

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Old 03-24-2014, 05:16 PM
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Ram,
I'm installing the Sierra gear like you did. I cut the 10mm wedge out so that the strut was centered and the axel is centered in the wheel well, but the Toe-in seems wayyyyyy too much. Here's a pic, what do you think? Is that normal to have that much toe-in with the Sierra gear?





BTW, As I was cutting I noticed that the gear rails were sandwiched with 3/32 inch G-10. Has anyone ever seen that on a ARF? Should be D#$@ strong!

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Old 03-24-2014, 05:49 PM
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I'll take a picture on mine. It didn't have that much toe in.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:47 AM
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I cut my rails on a slight angle to deal with the toe in. I don;t have that much either.

Re: gear rails. Yeah I was really pumped about them too with the G-10 sandwiched in there!! until i realised that there wasn't all that much glue between the ply and G-10 A good dosing of CA helped it along. and having ripped my gear out before, yes the rails are plenty strong

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Old 03-25-2014, 09:30 AM
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sliding canopy and cockpit are ready.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:36 AM
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:43 AM
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:35 PM
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Dgiatr, looking good, love the details.

RAM and Ticketec, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong? If I angle the gear so that the toe-in is less then the struts are angled in the wing wells and the gear doors aren't centered. If I center the struts in the wells then there is too much toe-in.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Dowmer View Post
Dgiatr, looking good, love the details.

RAM and Ticketec, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong? If I angle the gear so that the toe-in is less then the struts are angled in the wing wells and the gear doors aren't centered. If I center the struts in the wells then there is too much toe-in.
Darrel told me to bend the axels to get the right toe in. And it worked fine
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:10 PM
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I'm not sure I'm ready to start bending parts to fit on $600 gear.....I hope not anyway.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:11 PM
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Ram or ticket, do you have a good pic of how your gear sit on the rails?
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Dowmer View Post
Dgiatr, looking good, love the details.

RAM and Ticketec, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong? If I angle the gear so that the toe-in is less then the struts are angled in the wing wells and the gear doors aren't centered. If I center the struts in the wells then there is too much toe-in.
you need to the cut rails to adjust the toe in...go back in the thread and see what Ram did, he did it right.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:17 PM
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I did just that and they are sitting just like Rams, but there is a lot of toe-in. See first pic above in my previous post #2606.
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How much should you have....or how much is too much so it doesn't handle well? I measured with a protractor and it is 5 degrees.

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Old 03-25-2014, 02:30 PM
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Dowmer View Post
I'm not sure I'm ready to start bending parts to fit on $600 gear.....I hope not anyway.
The axel is made of soft steel and was easy to bend.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:25 PM
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Bend the axle? Someone has a warped sense of humor
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by TA152 View Post
Darrel told me to bend the axels to get the right toe in. And it worked fine

That at was the advice I was given as well, as there is no adjustment for toe in on these (due to the downlink). It worked out perfectly and I haven't had any issues since
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:32 PM
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The axel is also easily removed. So you can remove it, bend it, then put it back in. That axel is probably the cheapest, and most easily replaced item on those retracts.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dgiatr View Post
sliding canopy and cockpit are ready.
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Love all the details!
Hard to tell it but looks like you added leading edge armor plating? Did you use 1/64 ply ,or something else?

Is that the iflytailies cockpit kit? Did you have to do a bunch of trimming, or was it a pretty good fit?

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Old 03-25-2014, 08:16 PM
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Here you go Dowmer. I had to go get the wing from the garage, in the cold, move my sports car in my drawls mind you..On my Birthday.. Hope my sexy neighbor Keisha seen me If she did, I owe you one..lol
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