Building profesional; high strength, aesthetically pleasing, landing gear in under 48 hours

Just finished trimming and sanding my newly fabricated landing gear.

As best as I can tell these things are incredibly strong, and as they are made of fiberglass quite shock resistant and incredibly forgiving to sheering force. These are for my 10lb aluminum H style A/V Quad that is almost done. The weight makes the thing incredibly stable with regard to video.The entire process from mold fabrication to final touches took about a day and a half, all that's left is spray painting them, but that should only take a couple of minutes.

Some quick notes:

18 plys that degrade in size at two inches per layer so that the thickest point is at the top where the maximum level of bending potential will be.

(3 full length plys first and last; for finish and delamination protection)

Since people have been talking about building nice shock resistant landing gear on the cheap and quickly I thought I would post my solution; and a tutorial on how to build some of your own.

As you can see the mold can be tailored to make 3 - 4 landing gear at once, and really just depends on how much raw material you end up having.

As of now I hope to have the complete tutorial out by about the fourth, I hope it will help some of you guys out though I realize that most of you are more than familiar with the process.

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Comment by Joshua Johnson on April 1, 2013 at 2:52pm

Great Landing Gear Neill!  My first controller ever was a Fly Sky and I still use it the most to this day... how do you enjoy yours? What Model Fly Sky is it?

Comment by The Sun on April 1, 2013 at 4:03pm

Thanks much!

Love mine, I am assuming the convention is 9x though I am not positive.

Great transmitter, durable and cheap enough you don't feel bad drilling holes in it. As you can see I have taken the liberty of doing some modifications...

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on April 1, 2013 at 6:24pm

I anxiously await your tutorial!  Those look great, and I could really use some custom gear for my helis!

Comment by Joshua Johnson on April 1, 2013 at 11:11pm

@Neill I have been refraining as hard as I can for the past 2 years not to drill any holes or modify it until I get deeper into my robotics degree so I can use it for class projects, assignments, etc!  I'm very interested in all the modifications you have done to it. Do you have a list of things you've done?!

Comment by The Sun on April 3, 2013 at 3:11pm

Yep, precisely.

Comment by Vince Hogg on April 8, 2013 at 5:53am

Hi Neil.

I did a similar thing for a fixed wing but used a foam core and a vacuum bag. I try to avoid small radiuses if poss as that’s where they will delaminate. My bow came out at 100g


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