Includes one FMS designed servoless electronic retract. Designed for use on the FMS 1400mm P-51B and P-51D warbirds.
NOTE: These retracts open and close at half the speed of the stock retracts so they require this 6 second sequencer (click here) when used on an FMS P-51.
Posted by John d. on 24th Feb 2015
The electronics work fine, however unless you have a perfectly smooth landing every time, the plastic screw plate will fracture and the retracts will loosen up. If it goes unnoticed your gear will collapse resulting in damage to your aircraft. To eliminate this problem, I wrapped/epoxied the retract plastic housing with very thin sheet metal and problem solved - After numerous landings the retracts are now solid.
Posted by Pacific NW flyer on 13th Feb 2015
I have the V7 P51, These are by far a better quality than my stock ones. A little foam carving was required but the fit, and action is outstanding. When I held them side by side with the old ones, BEEFY! Expect a longer life span for sure.
Posted by Unknown on 9th Feb 2015
works good , the first time do not down the gear, follows work better...
Posted by FlyGirl on 2nd Feb 2015
These are direct replacements for the P-51 V8 and of course on my first flight I made a hard landing and one of the retract mounts failed. So I ordered one, replaced it (easy) and flew yesterday. The one I didn't replace failed on a not so hard landing. Maybe I should buy two at a time? Never had a retractable gear plane before. Anyways the newer one did just fine. The only thing I wish is that I had some colored tape to cover the wire channel to keep the invasion stripes intact. The collapse yesterday ripped the tape in half. :(
Posted by Larry M on 25th Dec 2014
Replaced the retracts on a Airfield P-51 which were junk they just snapped up and down, Very easy mod with little trimming of the wheel openings. I bought the struts along with the retracts and I am very well pleased with these products. Waiting on spring as I live in Ohio to try the gear on our club grass field.
Posted by Gene on 3rd Dec 2014
I put these in a V7, P51D, a little foam trimming fit like a glove. They take the abuse I give them on my rough landings!
Posted by UH_60_UAS on 30th Nov 2014
what a smooth well built piece, these fit good and will work for many planes, fms or not
Posted by nageotte on 17th Sep 2014
I don't land so good. I went through a lot of the cheaper three second retracts. I thought once I got the new strut I would be OK, but the servoless retracts still gave me problems. I finally went to the Six second, more scale, twice as expensive retract. It is easy to see they are much better made. I had one apart, and the quality inside is way better than the cheaper gear. These are well worth the expense even if you are not looking for more scale retract speed! I have not had any problem with them.
I was cautioned to not put more than about 6.5 volts on them, so be careful there.
Posted by Steve Schwartz on 29th Jul 2014
mechanically they work great until the side plates crack from landing a little hard in wind. you cant tell until next retract on takeoff. gear will jamb in open position. had this happen twice. have to take out gear mechanism to find cracked side plate. plate is plastic. when it cracks the jackscrew cant function. needs more work in this area. I like the gear other than that. always works and looks great. keep refining it FMS its getting better. also need to sell replacement studs for gear. they do get bent without damage to any other parts! have both v7 and v8 mustangs the parts aren't interchangeable. have to change out whole gear set.
Posted by Ken Young on 7th May 2014
I purchased a set of FMS 1400 mm retracts for my FMS P-51 Red Tail. Retracts arrived on time. Looked great in the package. Installation was very easy. Retracts worked great. I have about 30 flights on them now and no issues at all.
Posted by Karl Thomas on 11th Apr 2014
I installed these on an FMS 1400mm AM6 Zero. They are a drop in fit with no modification. The only thing you need to do is drill out the hole for the gear legs from 4mm to 4.7mm. Excellent retracts. Very scale too!