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Old 05-17-2019, 01:50 AM
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I'm building a Piper cub from scratch and how would I do the landing gear

It's a 40% Piper cub with a 14 ft wingspan how would I do the landing gear and the wing struts and also what type of wood would I use. I never built one this big before
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:53 AM
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This sounds like an exciting project.

Bill Hempel offers a 40% cub ARF. If you contact him you might be able to purchase gear and struts from his 40% that you could use on your scratch built.

Another option for landing gear would be to contact http://cublandinggear.com/Home_Page.php They build custom cub gear in any size you want. I had a set for my 1/4 scale Sig cub many years ago. You could build your own gear, if you have are comfortable with metal working. Some piano wire, lots of bending, cutting, and welding and you could make your own.

For struts, if you want to make your own I would suggest the "streamline" aluminum tubing from K&S. You can buy it many places. I've used Radical RC in the past. https://www.radicalrc.com/category/StreamlineTubing-481 Attachment points can be made from bar stock.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:34 AM
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Thanks dshriver, I just took a look cublandinggear.com website and just wanted thanks for sharing with us all a source for custom work. I like that they are just like most of us here on FG, just hobbyist here to enjoy it for what it is worth. Their quote from the website says it all... "Contact us: Tom Melton [email protected], we only take orders by US Mail. (PayPal and credit cards make the process way too cumbersome for us. This is just a hobby for us, we have to have "day jobs" to actually pay the bills!)"

I've bookmarked their website in my hobby related bookmarks for future use.
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:48 PM
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there's landing gear build details on a couple of other websites. Rcu/rcsb.........
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:46 PM
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It's a 40% Piper cub with a 14 ft wingspan how would I do the landing gear and the wing struts and also what type of wood would I use. I never built one this big before
What size or model is your plans Enlarged from? Designer?

Most of the models would call for Balsa Ribs , Ply formers etc, you could do ply 3mm poplar ply ribs but lighted or cut out to save weight but keep strength (Like the new arfs) This will also save you some cash as balsa aint cheap
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:19 PM
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Thanks and it is a fun project, it's from a 33% so everything is 7/16 off. It's from bill hempel. I'll check it out
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:27 PM
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Most of the sizing you will be able to get away with using the 33% sizing, Not all but things like former thickness etc and rib etc i think would be fine,

What plans are they, Sig, Balsa USA, Nelitz..?
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:36 AM
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Idk not sure
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