Enjoying any hobby requires you to learn and develop new tasks. Most conventional RC airplanes have wheels and if you are building your own or are repairing one, sooner or later you will be dealing with the landing gear. After all, these are the parts that take most of the beating with taxiing, landings and takeoffs. Many modelers will try to bend a new nose gear by hitting it with a hammer. This often times proves to be counter-productive as it is likely you’ll damage the landing gear and maybe even break it. In this new video tip, DU-BRO’s own Ed Bojan shows a simple and fast way to precisely and effortlessly bend your wire nose gear to the proper angle without fear of breaking it. The only items you’ll need are a bench vise and a small piece of 1/4-inch water pipe.
(Above) Here’s a typical unbent wire nose wheel landing gear strut.
Figure out how long your nosewheel strut needs to be and mark it on the wire. Now simply secure the landing gear in the vise with the bend location flush with the top of the jaws. Place the pipe over the wire and bend it slowly. Once you bottom out, (when the pipe hits the vise), adjust the landing gear position by lifting it out of the jaws a little higher and complete the bend. This final step is needed since the gear will maintain a little “reflex” and you need to adjust it to get a full 90-degree bend so the wheel will be positioned vertically for proper tracking.
(Above) Here the wire gear has been clamped into a bench vise with the bend position at the top of the jaws.
That’s it. A simple and effective way to bend wire landing gear. Watch the video to see how easy it really is.
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(Above) your nose gear should be long enough so the model sits level or very slightly nose down for easy takeoffs and landings.