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Old 04-19-2005, 07:43 PM   #1
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Mechanical Retract problem

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I've been having a problem with some hobbico retracts I've purchased recently, and I was wondering if anyone has had this same problem.

Basically, I'm scratch building an OV-10 Bronco and decided to put in some retracts. The Hobbico retracts were selected due to cost considerations. I'm currently building the main fuselage, and I've put in the retracts. Problem is, the wire gear simply popped right off.

Further investigation has shown that the only thing retaining the wire in place in the nose gear housing is a small e-clip. This clip is extremely loose, and just falls off. I tried replacing the clip, believing that the clip might be just bad, but the new clips also just fall out with a vigorous shaking of the nose gear, or just by activating the nose gear on and off a few times.

Any ideas?
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Old 04-20-2005, 10:30 AM   #2
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I just had a look at one in my drawer and see what you mean. The shaft that the clip is on should have a square cut groove in it which mine does not have either. Looks like it was cut with a ball cutter so any load or vibration is going to pop it off. A couple of suggestions would be either make a new strut or take the original and move it up about a 1/16" and cut a new groove. You could use a dremel with a disc for the groove and keep it square and then cut a bit of the extension off.
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Old 04-20-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
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Actually, I figured out what I needed to do. I tried fixing the original clip by squeezing it shut. Unfortunately, that original clip simply snapped instead of bending. I bought some new clips and those are made of a different metal. I was able to bend one to a tighter shape, and the clip stays on securely now.
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