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Old 12-21-2003, 02:28 AM   #11
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You could just build new gear doors that are concave instead of flat and blend the edges into the wing when closed. A bit of work to do but at least you could use the retracts and keep it streamlined. It is hard to tell from the pics how much of a bump you will end up with but it is better than having the gear always down.


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Old 12-21-2003, 04:16 AM   #12
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need help with retracts

You could do what tomahawk said and build new doors,Maybe you could take some foam and shape a new wing bottom and blend it with the outer wing.Make sure and try to keep your same airfoil if you can. Than sheet with 1/16 balsa.If you know some one who has a hot wire he could cut out a sliver of foam using rib templates 1/2" thick at the base out to 1/8" at he tip.Use your ribs to make templates that will contour your wing skin and the extra thickness you need with the same airfoil,or pretty close.Or cut new wing ribs bottom half anyway shape to fit over the orginal ribs on the sheeting and you make that part thicker or you can do the whole bottom wing to make it look right,.glue ribs on and sheet with balsa.Like I said try to keep the same airfoil.The typoon has a thick mid section (like many of us) any way so it might not look to bad.But if you don't like or can't come up with any solutions. It's either fixed gear,No doors and gear partly exsposed,Or the the one you don't want to hear.Build a new thicker(thick enough with a little extra room)wing.
I feel your fustrastions I've had same feeling and problems with a extra 300 I built that has a retracting monofloat and wing tipfloats.I had to add to the float and I did add some more forms on the side and exstended it out the back and sheeted,than glassed.It worked .not that much heavyer,I guess You could cut out the balsa sheet between the ribs to make it lighter. Just keep at it,There is always a answer .Hope this helps.

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