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Help! Making landing gear

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale RC General Discussions' started by acerc, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Thank you gentlemen. The wife and I don't want loved one's to have to walk through that door alone. This is the fifth time doing this but only the second that was slow and painful. Don't get me wrong anyone leaving us is painful, but dealing with the long term suffering is more so.
    Ok, enough of that.
    Anyone seen the thread of the official start of the BullDog II? It is going to be as scale as it gets.

  2. 49dimes

    49dimes Damn I'm hungry

    Yep. Sub'd. Always wanted to do a scale aerobat with some nice stuff in it.
  3. AKNick

    AKNick 150cc

    The only landing gear I have made with wire is using a vice, hammer, wire, and silver solder.... and it was on a FunCub.... lol

    For sure! May peace be with you guys through it all.
  4. BalsaDust

    BalsaDust Moderator

    Damn sorry to hear that bro.
  5. For those curious as to whether or not the bender is worth it, OMG-yes!!!
    I need to replace the Eagles axle wire soon as they have bent enough times the metal has weakened. So today I picked up some 1/4 piano wire to try out the bender, I could not believe how ridiculously easy it was. The hardest part was marking the wire for the bend center and positioning for the center mark to end up centered after rotating the tool. Not making any kind of video right now but anyone that does any kind of metal bending, trust me, you need this tool. It is strong, relatively quick, and easy to set up for different bends.
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  6. Here is a little photo tutorial. I do not know for sure which radius I will use until I get into the belly of the Eagle, probably the smaller one.
    And, yes, I know the word "radius" is spelled wrong in the pics. Chalk it up to a brain fart or old age...

    Attached Files:

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  7. Snoopy1

    Snoopy1 640cc Uber Pimp

    That tool looks like it does the job and well. Not often you get something that does not cost an arm and leg and does the job. Ok one question the part that stick up with the red knobs on it looks a vice on the tool is that to pinch the wire and hold it in place
  8. The black knob works the vise, see pic.

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  9. Snoopy1

    Snoopy1 640cc Uber Pimp

    That is what I was hoping you would say because the one I made the frustrating thing about it is you can never predict where the bend will be cause as you bend the wire it moves around. Love that tool.
  10. Been playing with the bender some today. It works real well on cold rolled up to 9/64", I also managed to get 1/4" piano wire bent but with stress on the tool. I want to try heating the piano wire, probably with propane so as to not overheat it, to let it bend a little easier . I did notice after I bent the piano wire it was quite warm at the bend, so it is definitely stressful for the wire.
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