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Q500 landing gear question

Old 05-02-2008, 10:16 AM
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Does anyone know the difference between a swept back landing gear opposed to a straight one. I heard one handles grass better. Is this true or just rumours, and if true which one is better foe grass ?
Old 05-02-2008, 10:29 AM
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Default RE: Q500 landing gear question

I've had better luck in grass with the gear swept forward.
Old 05-02-2008, 10:48 AM
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Default RE: Q500 landing gear question

It depends on the particular airplane. Some need them swept back, others don't. The important factor is the location of the wheels relative to the CG.
Old 05-02-2008, 06:10 PM
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Default RE: Q500 landing gear question

An interesting subject- in my days of control line teamrace for landing on tarmac the undercarriage was positioned back towards/ almost at the CG, and for grass quite the opposite, however as Gary says it can be determined by the model design. If the model does bounce on landing then I would take the wheels further back. Even placing the undercarriage on backwards can have an advantageous affect..............it can also be determined by the desired landing speed. Trevor h, NZ

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