I have a pair of Hanger 9 Corsairs, both have 1 flying season on them using the standard Hanger 9 retracts.
There has been a LOT of discussion about the H 9 retracts, and at best they can be called barely adequate. I personally could live with them, but would like to find something better that:
A) doesn't cost a lot of money, and
B) doesn't require extensive mods to the wing.
For those of you that have the time and money, there are several other options, mostly air operated systems. This thread however is intended to focus on another alternative: the VQ retracts.
Seeing an advertisement for the VQ retracts (see link below),
it appears to me that they are identical to the Hanger 9 ones EXCEPT:
A) the housing/ mounting is different, in that these have mounting plates on the bottom instead of the top, and
B) for a grand total of $59.99 + shipping, a set includes oleos VERY simular looking to RoboStruts.
Otherwise, they appear to use the same trunions, retract mechanisms, and struts (altho shorter on the VQ to accept the "oleos").
By having the mounting flanges on the bottom, I feel that I will have more options available as to exactly how they are mounted. I am hoping that I can mount them in such a way that will allow installation of front landing gear doors. I also want to angle them forward slightly, so that the oleos operate better AND the aircraft becomes less prone to tip overs.
All that said, I have ordered 2 sets (1 for each of my H9 Corsairs) from a dealer here at RCU (nemesis4U?), and I will document my progress and thoughts as I install them and perform modifications.
Anyone else who has a set of these (VQ) retracts, OR is intertested in installing a set on your H9 Corsair, P-40, or Hellcat is welcome and encouraged to contribute. I encourage honest thoughts on these, positive AND/ OR negative.
Pictured below is my Saito .91 powered H9 Corsair (with Royal Corsair decals and RoboStruts installed) and my highly modified electric powered H9 Corsair.