RC retracts are incredible landing gear that allow you to not only fly your plane the way it's meant to be, but also ensure that you land your plane safely. Most RC plane flyers make the mistake of landing harder than their planes can handle. It is for these people that RC retracts are made and provided as an add-on to the RC model. While most models come with their landing gear, some models which do require landing gears, but don't have any, also need these RC retracts to continue performing well.
When flying RC planes, one of the hardest things to learn, is a smooth landing. If you buy models based on your experience in flying, then it is quite likely that in your initial days, you will find a plane that has a strong landing gear. These landing gears, just like RC retracts, may be retractable when the plane is in flight.
RC Retracts are mostly used in RC Jets and if you are looking to build a new jet or simply repair one that you already have, then it is extremely likely that you will require the services of an RC retract. Most RC retracts are sold according to their weight bearing capacity. You need to know the weight of your plane on full fuel load with all accessories, to know whether your landing gear will be able to hold it up or not.
Depending on how much you are willing to spend on your RC retract, you can models that operate pneumatically and are made of aluminum. Most of the commercially available RC retract models are quite complete in themselves and all they require is connection to the electrical system to function properly. Almost all RC retracts can rotate up to 90 degrees and the higher you go in terms of size and weight-bearing capacity, the more it costs.
Also, aluminum cannot support planes that weigh as much as 50lbs and therefore, it is important to shift to something better like stainless steel or even brass, in some cases. All RC retracts come with functional struts, air lines, connectors and a complete set of instructions that will help you connect it to your RC jet.
While RC retracts are mostly used on RC jets, there are a few RC toy planes that also use retractable landing gears however, their build quality, functionality and overall appearance is not like the ones used on RC jets. RC retracts used on RC jets are more like the real thing that we see on real fighter jets. Their functionality and principle of working is also the same.
As a result, it might take an experienced person to assemble the RC retract, if it requires assembly i.e., and then mount it onto the jet to ensure smooth functionality. A badly installed RC retract may get stuck in mid-flight or may not be able to take the weight of the airplane.
Therefore, it is important to understand the importance of the RC retract and ensure that it is properly fit into place for plane to land without issues. Once you have the right RC retract, get ready to hit the skies again with your incredible RC jet.