Rc Landing Gear
You need RC Landing Gear for your RC Plane!
RC landing gear is an essential part of any RC airplane, whether it is a toy or a model. The RC landing gear is specially designed to withstand less than perfect landings and are generally a bit elastic to withstand hard landings. While there are specific types of RC landing gear for particular models, there are a number of manufacturers who make the same part for the same plane and each has its own merits & faults.
Radio control, as a mode of entertainment, was born in 1898 when Nicola Tesla became the pioneer of a technology that has since, made tidal waves in the toy industry. In the 1950s, commercial production of RC toys became prevalent and to aid the production, manufacturers also began specializing in the production of specific parts for RC toys. RC airplanes, over time, became the most coveted of all other categories and due to their extreme nature of use, i.e. flying through the air, they have required specialized parts, the landing gear being one of the most prominent.
Chances are, if you got your RC airplane to fly, you would want to land it too. A landing gear is always quite handy in such a situation. Some RC trainer planes and gliders do not come with a landing gear, nor do some of the basic planes. The reason is simple - there's no place to stash them once the plane is in the air.
RC landing gears are not aerodynamic, in most cases, and as a result hinder the normal flight of the plane. They protrude from the planes belly and can prevent smooth flights, making aerobatics a strict no-no. However, unless you are willing to land the plane on its belly, constantly risking damage to the model, it is advisable to go in for a landing gear.
RC landing gears come in various shapes and sizes. Normally, RC planes come pre-fitted with a landing gear or if you are buying an RC kit, then the landing gear is included as a part of the plane. However, RC landing gears bear the entire brunt of the plane's weight & momentum and get damaged.
While the basic RC landing gear is quite simplistic in design and light-weight, they are not retractable or turn-able during motion. You can get a more expensive version that can turn as well, but getting a turn-able landing gear depends on whether you would taxi the plane or not. Similarly, the landing terrain, whether it's a grass field, a dry patch of land or a runway, would determine the material that it needs to be made of.
RC kits normally come with their own set of landing gear. In almost all cases, the RC landing gear is simple to install and remove however; in RC jets the situation becomes more complex due to the retractable nature of their landing gear. In any case, you can easily find replacements for all types of RC landing gears at your RC hobby store.
If you crash your plane badly or just too often, then you best bet to avoid damage to your plane, while ensuring a smooth landing, is getting yourself the right RC landing gear.