Thursday, February 23, 2006

$1.97 Landing Gear for the AirHogs' AeroAce


Without a doubt, if you are looking for a quick flight fix the AeroAce is perfect. Pilot JS flies his in his backyards all the time. It costs $29 at Target, Toys-R-Us, and K-Mart. It is a micro RC 2-channel bi-plane. sells a landing gear and a light set so you can fly at night.

If you fly in a gym, parking lot, or any where with a hard surface you'd probably like a landing gear. The AeroAce is capable of ROG (rolling of the ground) takeoffs, touchdowns, and landings.

For $1.97 you can make your own landing gear. What need is (1) Matchbox airplane from Target, (2) drill with bit, (3) hack saw, (4) sandpaper, (5) double stick take or 5-Minute Epoxy, and (6) a block of EPP foam is optional.



To start (1) flip over the Matchbox airplane and drill out the three chassis brackets, (2) separate the chassis base from the top and remove the wheels, (3) using a hacksaw trim the wheel frame from the chassis. This locking frame will hold your wheels in place. (4) Sand the plastic wheel frame down as much as possible to decrease the weight. (An OPTION to this is to cut out a small block of EPP Styrofoam and use a file to create a groove to lock in your wheels. This block of EPP foam will be glued to the AeroAce.) (5) Now sand your wheels smooth with fine grit sandpaper and oil the wheels. Pilot JS used sewing oil. (6) Finally, put the wheels back in the frame and use double stick tape to mount it to the AeroAce. The single wheel gets mounted beneath tail at the point it intersects with the fuselage tubing. The front wheel (which has two wheels) gets mounted behind the plastic on/off switch. It should fit perfectly. When performing a ROG takeoff your plane may lean right or left, if so adjust the wheel to compensate. Make sure your wheels are mounted so the locks in the wheel mounts are on the back of your airplane. You'll be surprised with how quickly your plane will move on pavement.

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