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Old 11-29-2011, 07:28 PM
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Default Nose Gear for Rough Field Ops

I am looking for advice on a tough nose gear to put on a 40 size model. I have a tail dragger in the works which is a better solution but right now the house is under construction so no building for a while. The runway has been taking a beating from trucks delivering material so we won't do any work on it until the house is done. Landings sometimes involve hitting rocks up to 2 inches in diameter and bent nose gear is common. Anyone have any recommendations for a tougher unit I could install?

Here is a YouTube clip of the first flights off the property. Not one of my finer days of RC Flying!

[link=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csftRjVXoDc]Rough Field Ops[/link]
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:34 PM
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http://fultstooling.com/page7.htm the dual strut gear are pretty tough
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:11 AM
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I second the Fults gear. I use them for the same conditions. They work well and I believe Tower still stocks them....
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Your servo will thank you for adding this to the connecting rod:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXD646&P=RF

Anchor the linkage in shorter intervals, avoiding buckling under sudden compression stresses.
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Hey, since you are building, why notmake a large pond in front of your house and fly floatpalnes....

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Default RE: Nose Gear for Rough Field Ops

I've had excellent experience with the Sullivan S865 nose gear. You can see it clearly here:


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ORIGINAL: Bundubasher

Hey, since you are building, why not make a large pond in front of your house and fly floatpalnes.... [img][/img]

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Yes! That is in the back of my mind as we do have land where I could put in a 210 foot by 60 foot pond right in front of the runway. That will have to wait for funds though!

Grosbeak.. Thanks for that photo. Turns out I just bought one that is very similar to that.... probably a Chinese copy as it is not a Sullivan product. Haven't had time to put it on yet but need to do it so I can shoot some more aerial video.
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Bigger wheels will do you more good than changing the nose gear wire.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:07 AM
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A rake and roller would do wonders, roll when damp.
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Ain't that the truth! We have had about 70 dump trucks and 4 cement trucks down the runway so it is packed hard and all the stones on the traveled portion are pushed down. So..... rather than larger wheels I now have smaller stones! Can't fly though due to building materials in the way and just being too busy planning and supervising.
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