landing gear - wheel spacing

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mstineman
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landing gear - wheel spacing

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Looking for recommendations for spacing between main wheels on landing gear?

My plane has 172" fuselage, mechanical disc brakes, split axle gear with coil spring shock, 19" dia rim - spoked wheels.

Thanks,
Mike Stineman
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taildrags
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Mike; about all I can offer are a couple of data points. (1) in the 1932 Flying & Glider Manual, outside to outside of the axles on the early model is shown as 61-1/2" and it's shown with a solid axle and 26x4" tires, so the track on it (centerline of tire to centerline of tire) might be something like 57". It shows a 161" long fuselage. (2) The "improved" plans show 56" track, split gear with bungees, and a 163" long fuselage. (3) My airplane has a track of 56-3/4", split gear with die springs, and a 162" long fuselage. Are you seeing a pattern here? It's looking like something in the range of 4'-8" track is about average, regardless of fuselage length, but this is by no means an exhaustive survey. I think one of the typical ones with your setup is Ken Bickers's Air Camper, so maybe he'll chime in here.

Oscar Zuniga
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Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
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That's enough info to let me purchase the rest of the tubing I need.

Thanks Oscar.
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Mike, I have the split axle as drawn on the plans. Measured center line to center line, the spacing between the tires is 58.5". Cheers, Ken
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Thanks Ken - I’m finally getting back to this project.

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Here's some info on the gear in general:

http://www.westcoastpiet.com/wood_gear_ ... alysis.htm

John C
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