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E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

Old 02-12-2012, 12:56 PM
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Default E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

Does the E-flite 60 - 120 90 Degree electric retracts use a set screw to hold the wire strut in place or does it use the clamp method on the robart gear?

Does anyone have a picture what the interface looks like between the retract unit and the wire for the strut?

A couple pictures I found online seems to show two set screws, are these used to secure the wire strut in the retract mechanism?

From what I have read they are strong enough to handle a 15 lbs model, is that correct?

Thanks
Fred C.
Old 02-12-2012, 01:33 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

Yes, two set screws are used to hold a 5mm rod in place, at least on mine. As for 15 lbs, I can't answer because my P-47 is only 10 pounds.

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Old 02-12-2012, 01:42 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

Thanks....that's what I thought, do you like the E-flite retracts? I am looking for retracts for a warbird with a 65" span and wanted to know if these are good quality retracts and worth buying.

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Old 02-12-2012, 03:51 PM
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Default RE: E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

I had them on a 12 pound plane for the first test flight. Grass field, a little fast on landing, and snapped the trunions on both mains. Can't buy just the trunions, so I'll have to mill some up on my own. Here's a video of the test flight, you can judge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SqtB0wQMLA
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Default RE: E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

ampeater, looks like a good landing to me. You landed on the mains with the nose wheel high. If the retracts can't handle that, I don't need them.
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Default RE: E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

I'll be using them on my H-9 P-47 65" , when its time for a maiden i'll give you a report
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Default RE: E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

I have the 60 size on a TF P-51 and I just did the maiden flight yesterday with a not so great landing and they did good.I actually bent one of the drill blanks I used for the mating peace but it did nothing to the retract it self. I think they are good I am going to fly it again to day so we will see how they do.
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Default RE: E-Flite 60 - 120 90 Deg Electric Retracts

I've got a pair of the E-flites in an 8lb (or so) Ultrasport 60. From an operational point of view, the retract mechanism works fine, although you need to make sure there's no binding in the system, and have sufficient battery power available.

Where I'd have more concern is with the wire strut... it's 5mm, and my struts bent a little on a less than-perfect landing. If your field is smooth, this might not be a problem. You might want to consider installing Robostruts to help absorb some of the landing shock.

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