FMS 1400mm P-51 Main Landing Gear Struts (New Version)
FMS 1400mm P-51D V7 and V8 and P-51B SU118 Main Landing Gear Struts (2 Pack) - FMMSU118
- Newest upgraded strut with 4mm metal lower strut and stronger weld (plastic covering over the metal)
- Newest version with metal struts and two screws for the outer faring doors
- Shock absorbing design
- Includes a set of two struts and low bounce wheels
- Fits the FMS 1400mm P-51B and FMS 1400mm P-51D V7 and V8 airplanes
- Wheel Diameter: 75mm / 3in
- Strut Length (from wheel hub to tip) : 152mm / 6in
- Strut diameter at mating end (where it fits into retract): 4mm
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These replaced the original struts delivered with my new P-51B. The stock struts would not compress smooth and would bind making reliable coordinated compression unlikely. MRC offered these to me at no cost. The new ones are perfect. Smooth compression action.
P-51 MAIN LANDING GEAR
I BOUGHT THIS LANDING GEAR BECAUSE SOME ONE WROTE A REVIEW AND SAID IT WAS A "DROP IN" REPLACEMENT FOR THE LANDING GEAR IN THE FMS 1400 MM ZERO LANDING GEAR!!!! WELL THEIR DEFINITION OF "DROP IN" IS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN MINE!!! FIRST, THE WHEEL ON THE P-51 GEAR IS 3.00 INCHES IN DIA, AND THE WHEEL ON THE ZERO IS ONLY 2.50 INCHES IN DIA!!! SO, THE WHEEL WONT FIT INTO THE WHEEL WELL. I HAVE NOT CHECKED TO SEE IF THE WHEEL FROM THE ZERO WILL FIT THE P-51 STRUT YET, SO I DONT KNOW IF I CAN SWAP WHEELS YET OR NOT!!! SECOND THE PIN ON THE TOP OF THE LANDING GEAR STRUT THAT GOES INTO THE RETRACT UNIT IS 4 MM IN DIA ON THE P-51, BUT 5MM ON THE ZERO!!! SO, I AM GOING TO HAVE TO GRIND A NEW PIN FROM 5 MM PIANO WIRE TO ADAPT THE LANDING GEAR STRUT TO FIT THE OLD RETRACT UNIT!!! THIRD, THE DAMPER SCISIORS ON THE P-51 STRUT LINE UP ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE STRUT, SO THEY WONT FIT INTO THE RECESS IN THE ZERO'S WING!!! THEY WILL HAVE TO BE REMOVED TO GET THE STRUT TO FIT INTO THE RECESS IN THE WING!!! THEN THE GEAR DOORS FOR THE ZERO WILL HAVE TO BE ADAPTED TO FIT THE P-51 STRUT!!! ALL IN ALL A **** OF A LOT OF WORK FOR A "DROP IN" EXCHANGE!!! BUT THE QUALITY OF THE STRUT SEEMS TO BE GOOD, BUT OF COURSE YOU WONT REALLY KNOW UNTIL IT HAS BEEN USED SOME!!! IF IT HAD WORKED AS A "DROP IN" EXCHANGE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A VERY GOOD VALUE, BUT WITH ALL THE MODS I AM GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE TO IT AND THE AIRPLANE, I CANT REALLY SAY IT WAS A GOOD VALUE FOR THE MONEY !!!
400mm P-51 Main Landing Gear Struts
Just what I needed The tires were softer than my older ones.
Have worked great so far!
MRC purvey services as advertised...
Exactly what I needed. Very high quality.
Work Around for Retaining Screw
For starts, the V8 bird flies magnificently. I have the (since discontinued) Gunfighter variant. The landing gear works extremely well, especially on landings under full flaps. On a recent landing I discovered I'd lost the little retaining screw that (a) holds the strut into the shock absorber, and (b) keeps the wheel correctly aligned inside the shock absorber sleeve, so it doesn't rotate about the axis of the strut. A call to Motion revealed that the screw set sold for this plane includes nothing at all for the landing gear (yar boo! compare and contrast to the screw set for Freewing B-17, which includes everything on the plane with threads). The wheel/strut/shock assembly is out of stock everywhere, even at FMS direct site. But hey! I could order a complete set of landing gear, including the mounts that you need to replace in any event with Small Parts CNC's machined metal mounts (cannot praise ditto too highly), for anywhere from $99 to $105. Wrong answer, li'l buddy. Lowes, however, had M3-0.5x6 panhead steel screws which fit and function perfectly. Pack of 14 of the little boogers for $1.97. Problem solved.
FMS P-51 Landind Gear
Motion RC has items I needed for this airplane in stock and excellent shipping time. The metal landing gear version is more robust for clutzes like me who too often make hard landings.
I had to make some major adjustments to get the proper toe-in. Also the gear doesn't seem to hold alignment very well.