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Light, Low-cost Dual Strut Landing Gear

Fiberglass light reflector rods can be purchased for $3 to $6 at many hardware and home improvement stores. Buy one with an outside diameter of approximately ¼ inch and you’ll have a sturdy, lightweight component that can be used to make strong, shock-resistant landing gear for fun-fly ships or other airplanes with dual strut gear. Cut the rod to size, collar both ends with ¼-inch inside diameter K&S brass tubing and glue the collar to the rod with thin CA. Drill through both ends, mount the landing gear axle and anchor the other end with a pin or 4-40 Allen head screw.

Tyler Renkert, Danbury, CT