Steerable Nose Wheel on the Bormatec Maja ...

Hi Everyone,
First time posting here at DIY Drones...well I just purchased a Bormatec Maja and wanted to allow it to take-off and land on prepared and rough air strips. And I was wondering if anyone has experience in landing gear setup on the Maja that I could get some advice from.  I ordered the gear package from Bormatec and was surprised by the lack of instructions included.  Mainly, I was wondering how to insert and setup a steerable nose wheel with its servo coordinating with the rudder (the main gear is self explanatory).  Also, I was wondering if anyone has replaced the foam wheels with rubber ones to improve performance.  I'd really appreciate any help and assistance anyone could send my way.
Cheers!
- Craig Thompson

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  • Admin

    @Craig,

    I had a Maja once and did install the landing gear package, but it came with rubber balloon wheels and not foam.

    To install the nose wheel assembly, I picked a convenient angle that I could drill with my drill press and installed a lateral plate at that angle, that I could mount the steering rod bearing assembly on, across the channel in the nose of the plane.

    I used a "Y" cable to drive the steering servo off of the rubber servo.

    I found the Maja to be one of the worst planes I have ever built and would not recommend one to anyone I know. I have found the RMRC Anaconda to be far superior and spare parts are available here in the USA.

    Regards,

    TCIII AVD 

    • Hi TCIII,

      Thanks for the reply!  You wouldn't happen to have any photos of your Maja nose wheel setup that you could pass on would you?  I think I'm following your explanation but it would make things a bit more clear with some pictures. Appreciate your suggestion on the Anaconda, too.

      Thanks again,

      - Craig

      • Admin

        @Craig,

        Sorry, no pictures of that Maja. I gave the Maja to my local AMA flying club and I do not know what they have done with it.

        You might try reviewing the Maja thread on RC Groups.

        Regards,

        TCIII AVD

        • Will do...thanks!

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