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Old 06-13-2006, 04:01 PM
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Lightbulb Landing Gear that works on Grass Fields

Please post any ideas that work for facilitating landings on grass fields. I'm a GWS fan and have one war bird (corsair) and one beaver. I really like the challenge and fun of ROG take offs and geared landings. I am experimenting with different landing gears to see if I can improve my landings. All ideas welcome!

P.S. I'm looking for a "scale look"!

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Old 06-13-2006, 06:33 PM
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The 76mm wheels that come with a Slow Stick do great on short grass.

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Old 06-13-2006, 06:43 PM
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I'll second that. I take off and land on the soccer field near my house all the time with the stock slow stick wheels.

well not all the time... they play soccer there every now and then
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:05 PM
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I agree, it is the wheels.

I've found the bigger the wheel, the better they taxi on grass.
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:17 PM
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Hey now,
There's a whole lot of "it depends" here. Larger models don't have much trouble, but being big and heavy helps a lot. With the parkies that just isn't going to happen. It also depends on the specific grass you're working with. Golf course greens are no problem, but play fields can be pretty long. I've tried several different things, larger wheels, extra thin wheels, like GWS, to cut between the blades of grass can work up to a point, but the three things I've found that work best with thick, long, play field grass are:

1) Trexler wheels, yeah, those nasty out-dated pnuematic ones. They're light, large, and wide enough that they tend to float over the tops of the grass.

2) Soda bottle skies. Just like for snow. They don't plough under if you have up-raised tips, just skid along the surface.

3) Like skies, floats work pretty well, *if* they're stout.

I know they look a little odd, but then so do the GWS monster spokes.

Personaly I'd go with floats, that way you could fly from a local lake or pond too, and that's a blast and a half!
Good luck however you go...
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Old 06-13-2006, 11:15 PM
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Around here we use Tundra Tires, developed by our very own Frank G. See: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ra#post4804381
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Old 06-14-2006, 05:41 AM
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I use GWS "shock absorbing" wheels, approx 3 1/4" dia. The rims do flex which helps keep them from sinking into the grass as much. Also run the the shortest landing gear that will give you prop clearance, helps tame the nose over tendency. Tom
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Old 06-14-2006, 07:45 PM
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I tried the following set up on the GWS Beaver and it worked very well! My usual ratio of good landings to "nose overs" is about 1 to 5. With this set up I did three perfect landings in a row with no nose overs! My next job is to refine the set up and make it a little more eye appealing.
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:26 PM
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I use the spoked 2.5" wheels mostly and lately, some Dubro lite wheels on my latest SS. I'm not real fond of the GWS SS wheels..



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Old 06-20-2006, 07:26 PM
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Looks great uglyplane! I noticed you did some reinforcing too. I seem to be having good luck with the setup in my previous post. As long as I can keep th gear from "digging in" or "folding under" when I land it seems to go ok. My next set up will be on the Corsair. More wire to keep the landing gear out in front where it belongs (ahead of the center of gravity too).
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by rlfgary View Post
I tried the following set up on the GWS Beaver and it worked very well! My usual ratio of good landings to "nose overs" is about 1 to 5. With this set up I did three perfect landings in a row with no nose overs! My next job is to refine the set up and make it a little more eye appealing.
Okay, so just to clarify... you put wheels back on it, right? {grin}

Just maidened my GWS Funny Park this morning, and the gear pulled right off in medium playfield grass. I was toying with the idea of doing skids or something...
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