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Old 01-15-2021, 12:26 PM
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Maybe it is time for one of the "mod" suppliers, like Aerosport Products, to offer a retractable gear modification kit.
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Old 01-15-2021, 12:53 PM
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Here's an off-the-wall question for someone with human perception experience: Is it possible to paint a tailwheel RV's main gear so that it is less visible in flight, making the plane look more like a retractable from the ground? Would any of the "air superiority colors perhaps work? Is there a different answer if the goal is to make them less visible air-to-air?
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Off the wall is my favourite kind of question!

A dark colour such as black may be the way to go, unless you could do a mirror finish with a wrap somehow. Try googling "mirror tree house". The camouflage effect is quite extraordinary.

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Old 01-16-2021, 08:50 AM
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Maybe it is time for one of the "mod" suppliers, like Aerosport Products, to offer a retractable gear modification kit.
To what end? The only benefit would be looks. The RV is already such an efficient airframe that the performance benefit of retracting the gear is offset by the increased weight of the retract system. Not to mention the increase in maintenance complexity and insurance costs year-over-year.
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:09 AM
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I'm thinking maybe a disposable gear mod, where you take off and then jettison the gear with frangible pyrotechnic bolts, and then land on an inflatable cushion that sprays fire foam ahead of the airplane on landing.

Then you rent a new set of takeoff gear at the destination airport. This has the benefit of allowing a business model similar to changeable battery packs for electric aircraft/cars.
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:22 PM
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I'm thinking maybe a disposable gear mod, where you take off and then jettison the gear with frangible pyrotechnic bolts, and then land on an inflatable cushion that sprays fire foam ahead of the airplane on landing.

Then you rent a new set of takeoff gear at the destination airport. This has the benefit of allowing a business model similar to changeable battery packs for electric aircraft/cars.
But how would you taxi to the ramp?
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Old 01-17-2021, 06:08 AM
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But how would you taxi to the ramp?
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Old 01-17-2021, 07:26 AM
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Here's an off-the-wall question for someone with human perception experience: Is it possible to paint a tailwheel RV's main gear so that it is less visible in flight, making the plane look more like a retractable from the ground? Would any of the "air superiority colors perhaps work? Is there a different answer if the goal is to make them less visible air-to-air?
Thanks,
Andy Elliott
Paint the gear and wheel pants a solid light single color the same color as the bottom of the fuselage, also a single color. Paint the lower surface of the wings and tails a darker color so they stand out to the eye of the observer and trick the mind to not see the gear.
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Old 01-17-2021, 07:30 AM
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Easy to make the gear disappear. Just cover it in camouflage paint. Duh.
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Old 01-17-2021, 09:56 AM
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You could make the whole plane disappear by painting it with one of the "ultrablack" paints available on the market now. It won't be cheap...
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Old 01-17-2021, 04:05 PM
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I can make the hole plane disappear for cheap. Just give me the keys. LOL.


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