"Cloudster" Construction Project Session #69
Speed 400 Cloudster
The main wheels for the Cloudster arrived in the mail today from Tower
Hobbies. They are 2" diameter GWS Light Foam Wheels and cost $2.50 a pair.
The wheel has a light foam tire around a spoked plastic hub and
is advertised to weigh 3.2 grams. The pair of wheels I received today weigh
7 grams as shown below.
The holes in the plastic hubs are .082", which is too large for the
cloudster's 1/16" piano wire landing gear (.063"). So the hubs were drilled
for a .063" ID aluminum tube to serve as an axle bearing as shown below. The
bearing tube length was 1/4".
This picture shows a close up of the wheeels mounted on the landing gear.
This shows the wheels in the presents of the fuselage and I think they
look quite nice.
On the rubber powered J-3 Cub I made a tail wheel out of balsa with an
aluminum tube axle bearing as shown below. I think that I will do the same
thing for the Cloudster as I do not like the looks of the tail
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