You can see the plywood former and the way the wire should be bent.
Now the bending step is no longer critical. The wire is held to the former
using soft copper wire and 5-minute epoxy.
This is the old way of doing the job. The wire must be precisely bent to
snugly fit between the fuselage sides. Three or four wires usually need to
be bent before finally achieving a proper fit.
advantage of RC-assisted CL models.
You can fly them indoors during the
winter months. This would work with
small-size models using 50 watts of
input power on relatively short lines.
You would, of course, have to take into
account the ceiling height of your indoor
At the last minute, I learned that John
Brodak, of Brodak Manufacturing, might
also have some RC-assist CL models.
I’ve included John’s website and contact
information in the “Sources” section.
Attaching Wire Landing Gear
Q642: I have a tough time bending wire
landing gear so that it fits inside of the
fuselage. What do you suggest?
A642: The photos that I included in this
column could give you an idea for a
better way. I cut out a plywood former
that fits the inside of my fuselage. This
is usually done on park flyer-size models
and smaller. The plywood is generally
1/16-inch birch. The wood can easily be
shaved or sanded to fit snugly into place.
After it has been fitted, I remove the
plywood former and bend up the wire
as shown in the photo. I secure the
wire to the plywood with CA cement,
then drill a group of holes and pass
soft copper wire through the holes.
This permanently binds the wire to the
When I am done, I rub 5-minute epoxy
adhesive around the wire to the plywood
joint and slip the former into place and
attach it with more 5-minute epoxy. Try
this approach the next time.
Brodak Manufacturing Co.
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