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Old 05-29-2011, 08:08 PM
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Default Electric Retracts; good, bad, or no opinion

Like the title says......

Has anybody out there have any experiance with the "e-tracts"? They look to be so much simpler that the air systems and I would think it would save some weight also.

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I have to agree with you on the simplicity issue. Another meaning for "plug and play". I have two sets of the e-Flight retracts and they appear to be well-built. The gear wire is metric and it is held in place by two set screws. The drive mechanism is a jack-screw rather than worm gear. Either of those two methods cannot be back driven. There are up and down locks on the e-Flight gear, so there shouldn't be any problems with the gear retracting because of a hard landing.

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Down and Locked... Excellent!

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I wanting to build a 20% Zlin. It looks like it will be in the 12 to 15 pound range. The 60/120 E-Flights may be a bit on the light side for that aricraft. Any sugestions on a suitable unit?

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Good as long as you match the retract to the plane weight with a good margin. With a small margin these retracts will support a 10lb plane. Total cost for the Fw190 was $66+ shipping
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Down and Locked is the way to go . The retracts can be programmed for a desired operational speed based on the weight of the gear(with tire) and the battery voltage that will be used ,
they can also be programmed for customized gear sequencing. No more air leaks , no more sequencing valves , plug and play .
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The L&D's look good, but I can see $500 for a pair of retracts. It ain't gunna happen for me. I'll lookatsomething else.

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