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Offline Jim Morris

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Pathfinder
« on: August 30, 2021, 12:06:35 PM »
Hello, I have a question about the Pathfinder, ARF,ARC or indifferent. The one thing I dont like about the Pathfinder is the nose gear. Has anybody ever built an ARF, ARC or indifferent Pathfinder with a conventional gear? Everything I have read is it flies great. Was looking at the Pathfinder or Cardinal. Ive been out of it for some time and need some stick time.

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Re: Pathfinder
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2021, 12:42:41 PM »
Hi Jim
There are at least a couple ways to make the PF a tail dragger.  Easiest is to swap the wing gear from side to side so they angle forward instead of aft.  I would opt to get the axles forward roughly directly under the wing LE - but I like it more forward than most.

I converted my PF-ARF to electric & to a fuselage mounted gear using Brodak Aluminum Gear #BH-1776 and Fiberglass Wheel Pants #BH-856

In either case you have to cobble up a tail wheel system.
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Re: Pathfinder
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2021, 02:30:04 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I havent seen a PF in a long time so wasnt really aware of the wing mounted gear, which I like BTW. Then again when you think about it, its really the only way to make a tricycle gear, (I guess).

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Re: Pathfinder
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2021, 02:30:36 PM »
Was the original a tricycle gear?

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Re: Pathfinder
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2021, 02:31:49 PM »
Hi Jim
There are at least a couple ways to make the PF a tail dragger.  Easiest is to swap the wing gear from side to side so they angle forward instead of aft.  I would opt to get the axles forward roughly directly under the wing LE - but I like it more forward than most.

I converted my PF-ARF to electric & to a fuselage mounted gear using Brodak Aluminum Gear #BH-1776 and Fiberglass Wheel Pants #BH-856

In either case you have to cobble up a tail wheel system.
Nice looking plane

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Re: Pathfinder
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2021, 02:55:11 PM »
Was the original a tricycle gear?

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