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Phil 924/08/2017 13:05:07
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I am in the early stages of planning a build of a Chris Olsen upset.

although it was not an original feature I think retracts might be a good modification. But I have not had retracts before and would like some reccomendations on what to use.

My thinking so far would be trycycle undercarage would be my preferd choice if I can make them fit and electric retracts may be simpler maybe?

Ron Gray24/08/2017 13:43:22
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Try Whites Models - http://www.whitesmodels.com/wheels--retracts - their aluminium retracts are brilliant!

Bob Cotsford24/08/2017 14:21:14
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They look like the ones sold by Hobbyking, I've used the plastic version on mains for a few models and treat them as consumables though I don't like their noseleg version.  The metal units worked well on my Ta152 (RIP)though they were noisy.  On my Tornado I've got mechanical mains with an E-flite electric noseleg and the Curare has electric all round, I've no idea what brand as they were supplied for the kit by the German supplier. I do have some E-flite mains but tbh I think the HK ones are just as reliable. The E-flite noselegs are easy to link up for steering, some units are less easy.

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 24/08/2017 14:22:31

Ron Gray24/08/2017 21:26:34
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Bob, these ones are much better than the HK ones, I also think that they are UK made. The alloy ones are rated for 'planes up to 12Kg and have a very smooth and slow action.

Phil 924/08/2017 21:32:27
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The model I ​had in mind should be 6 to 7 pound. Could the ally ones be overkill. Ie may add too much weight? Or will they fit well to the model as well as offering quality

Bob Cotsford25/08/2017 09:49:47
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Ron, in that case they are just very similar in outline to the HK units. These look like the ones in my Curare and Sea Fury, about 40gms a side lighter than the Whites ones. Cheaper than the similar E-flite ones too.  The matching noseleg unit.

Personally I'd go with wire leg units over oleos for this size and style of model.

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 25/08/2017 09:51:46

Ron Gray25/08/2017 22:45:28
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Bob, you could well be correct. I did have some of the HK ones but must have thrown them out when they burnt out so can't check!

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