Hi Ron101 and JurrassicJet,
I’d like to assure you that our retracts are made from high quality materials (actually higher quality than our competitors). In addressing your concerns about our P-47 retracts, they have specific features that make them more robust than our competitors. As an example we use flat headscrews to hold the frames together which allows us to make the trunnion wider and stronger but still have the same width of the Robart’s. In addition our struts are stronger because they are made from high grade stainless steel with a thicker wall section. We are able to offer them at an affordable price because our electronics are developed in house and not bought or licensed from a third party company as is the case with Robart’s.
The retracts that JurrasicJet references are rated for up to18lbs. I calculated that they would work in a 20lb plane due to the tricycle configuration as compared to the standard two retract configuration that the rating is based on.Unfortunately, JurassicJet’s plane came in at 24 lbs which is 20% greater than the absolute maximum I communicated. I 100% stand by the quality of our retracts and as with any set of retracts, excess weight is always a factor in performance.
We admittedly had some issues with our rotating retracts in our initial product launch, but that has been corrected and all of our customers taken care of. Our number one priority is customer satisfaction and we go to great lengths to address all of our customers concerns and questions thoroughly and in a timely manner. If you have any additional questions or comments please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Owner, WingSpan Retracts