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Old 06-23-2004, 07:35 AM   #11
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Dennis has a good point about the nylon bolts. No matter how we beef up a plane it will beak some place. The idea is design it to break where you want it to break. This damage seems easy to fix but if you make the area stronger try to imagine where it will break next time.
That's why the nylon bolts are good. They let you control where the break will happen. Make sure the fit between your gear and the fuselage is flush. This allows the bolts to break with a nice shear. If they have room to wobble around things can get messy.
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Old 06-23-2004, 08:55 AM   #12
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I was using the nylon bolts in my Seagull Extra and was breaking them on every landing. Then it was point out the the landing gear was actually on backwards. Who would have thought there was a front and back. Once, I corrected it, I never broke the nylon bolts again - the plane, well that's another matter.
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Old 06-24-2004, 01:45 PM   #13
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Hey recon, I just did the exact same thing a couple weeks ago with my GP Extra 300. It looked just like your pics. My engine quit and I landed short of the grass in the soft mud.

I scraped away the wood and glue from the front and top of the plywood landing gear block, and the wood and glue out of the notches in the fuse. I doubled up the rear vertical piece(the one still attached; I don't have my plans, I forget what they are called), making it to fit into the notches in the fuse. I made a new front support and floor, gluing it all together. Make sure you mark the landing gear holes before gluing the fuse floor back in. Because of the way I doubled the back piece, my gear ended up about 1/8 forward, which is good anyways, because this plane doesn't taxi the greatest in longer grass anyways.

If my gear breaks like that again, I'm going to do what the other guys are saying; to use nylon bolts for the gear, and use more tri-stock to reinforce the joints.
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Old 06-24-2004, 02:17 PM   #14
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Hey Scott, you can tell when the gear are on backwards, the pointed part of the pants should point backwards. :P
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