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Builder:
  Chris King
Location:
  Fountain Valley, - USA
Aircraft:
  Fokker D.VII
Total Build Hours:
  239
Web Site:
  http://www.mykitlog.com/Chris2001Kin/

Date:  12-16-2017
Number of Hours:  4.00
Short Description:  Stronger Landing Gear

Plans:
1. Replace landing gear 1/8" brace cable with 3/16" cable.
Status: Started. Wow what a difference the 3/16" cable is to swage. I can barely compress the collars. I had to put all my weight on it.
For the bigger thimbles I needed to drill out the tangs a bit larger as well. I also bought a real Nicopress tool. The $25.00 Lowes version did not gauge correctly. This is too important to go cheap. $300.00 for the tool.
I made two swages but they were the "easy" ones. I was able to do those uninstalled. The next two have to be done in place. I think I will need to lengther the Nicopress tool handles with pipe to get more leverage.
I also found that a protective cable sleeve I planned was too tight to slip on the cable. It will need the next size up.
2. Replace aluminum spreader bar with 4130 steel.
Status: Complete. Basically I figure that as long as I had the gear apart I might as well strengthen the spreader as well. The bar was a simple remove and replace.
3. Lengthen the axle bearings.
Status: 50% complete. I made the axle 4 inches longer to allow for the Tracy O'Brian brakes. In doing so the axle bearings are a little short. I purchased some replacement PVC Schedule pipe. It turns out that the inside diameter of the pipe is a little too narrow to slide onto the axle. I need to sand the internal core to fit.




3/16" Swages





Steel Spreader





Axle Bearings

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