FMS 1400mm BF-109 E-Retract
FMS 1400mm BF-109 ML114 E-Retract - FMMML114
Includes one servoless E-Retract for the FMS BF-109
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Correction from last review
After contacted Motion they informed that some of these are painted gloss black and are indeed metal, after removing some of the paint I found out they are
A little disappointed with this order
These fit well however even though the it states metal clevis these came to me with plastic
Requires some work to assemble
FMS sells the gear retraction mechanism and the landing gear strut/wheel assembly 09arately. The gear retracts appear robust and well made. However, I had one earlier set where there was lots of movement of the trunion, and I had to experiment with building up portions of the trunion to reduce play when the gear was extended. The big issue with replacement parts is that the trunion does not have a hole drilled and tapped for a machine screw to secure the gear strut in place. So the gear strut can twist and rotate in the trunion. The purchaser has to drill their own hole, taking care that the position of the hole results in the gear strut/wheel assembly to have to correct toe-in or toe-out. Drilling and tapping such a hole can be difficult without a drill press.
Lots of play
I purchased the 109 from another vendor (my mistake) and noticed that the gear had a ton of play. This made ground handling nearly impossible. They had an inch of play so when the gear was up they actually hanged down. I went to motion and purchased a new set figuring that I must have had a defective unit. Same thing these have the exact amount of play. I did think oh let's get the gyro. That did not help at all since it's awful without the tail even getting off the ground.
they work but....
The replacements retract up and down but I think they are inherent of a design flaw that fms should have corrected instead of coming out with new design retracts i have to pay extra for. I love RC but enough is enough with flawed products right out of the box. I'm not made of money FMS!!!!
REPLACING ONE THAT WAS DEFECTIVE. SEEMS TO BE WORKING "OK". HAVE NOT HAD MUCH TROUBLE WITH FMS RETRACTS IN THE PAST. HAVE'NT FLOWN MY ME-109 YET. ON LIGHT DUTY AFTER SURGERY.