7.7.1 Main Gear Leg UpStops

This entry is part 30 of 39 in the series 07 - Landing Gear

Next comes the main gear legs. Here’s the left side main gear leg in the “down and locked” position.
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And here is the leg in the retracted position
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The first thing I need to do is define the exact “up” position. So I put a 1/4″ piece of wood between the tire and the wheel well. Then I need to make that position permanent. The channel (or tunnel) that the gear leg sits in is supposed to be just a quarter inch above the leg. I say supposed to because mine is about 2 1/2″ (that will cost me a couple gallons of fuel). So I made a spacer out of leftover stock and glassed it in place. Then I wrapped a couple layers of duct tape on the gear leg, put a UNI/epoxy/cabo fill on top of the spacer and pushed the gear against the wood spacer. Let it set up over night and now I’ve got an “up stop”. I’ll clean this up later.

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This gets done to both sides.  



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