Durable, cheap and easy to make landing gear
In this article I will tell you, step by step, how to make cheap landing gear for low wing planes. The landing gear that i made seems weak, but it's very durable. If you have the FT Spitfire, it's a really cheap and effective way of adding landing gear to it
Required tools and materials:
- Hot glue gun
- A piece of 2.5mm wire
- A sharp razer blade or a knife
- Wire cutters
Step 1 - Measure 3cm of the wire and bend it 90 deegres:
Step 2 - Bend the wire 90 deegres again, but this time verticaly:
Step 3 - Measure 7.5cm and bend the wire in the direction as in the following picture:
Step 4 - Cut the wire using wire cutters 4cm from the last bend.
Step 5 - Bend another wire like shown before, but mirrored:
Step 6 - Mark the positon of the landing gear on the wings - it should be right before your center of gravity:
Step 7 - Cut out the cavity for the landing gear width a razer blade or a knife:
Step 8 - Attach the wheels to the wire using wheelcaps - the more expensive method or just using some hot glue:
Step 9 - Glue in the wire using hot glue:
Check if the plane rides straight. If not, then just bend the wires with a bit of pressure.
- This landing gear is very strong - it survived smashing to asphalt full throttle
- Remember - landing gear adds weight - be aware of the center of gravity.
- After adding those to some scale airplanes, they start to look even more scale.