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Tools Needed

  • Basic hand tools ,e.g.,
  • Screw drivers
  • flashlight
  • Socket sets 1/4 and 3/8 metric and standard
  • Allen wrench set
  • Open end box end set
  • 6-8 inch vice
  • Drill Press
  • 8 or 12in flexible drill
  • Dremel or like tool
  • C clamps
  • Hand or Pneumatic rivet gun
  • access to friend of shop with a small press (for doing 2 operations)
  • Sand paper
  • Bondo style body filler or epoxy
  • Paint if your going to paint

Excerpt from construction manual


A) Mark, drill, and deburr a 3/16” hole in each
corner of the saddle of the first skid fitting. Each hole should be no less than 3/8” from any edge.Repeat for remaining three skid fittings.

B) Lay a fitting on one side and mark the center of the tubular collar, no less than 1” from its open end. Drill a 3/16” hole vertically through both walls, and deburr. Repeat for remaining three skid fittings.

C) Fabricate the landing gear assembly jig per Landing Gear and Spreader drawing in this section.

D) Lay landing gear skids next to the jig with the larger curved ends at the front and turned up. Lay bows in jig with their ends closest to the nearest end of each skid.

E) Slide the collar of one of the skid fittings onto one end of a landing gear bow. Rotate fitting as needed to provide a snug fit between saddle and skid. Maintaining that alignment, remove bow and fitting from jig and firmly seat collar onto bow using a mallet or dead-blow hammer. Replace bow and fitting in jig and verify that correct alignment between saddle and skid is maintained. Make adjustments if necessary. Repeat for remaining three fittings.

F) With the skids laying next to the bows with fittings attached, make a mark on top of the skids 10” from the top rear edge. Then place skid into the saddles mounted on bow’s with the mark aligned to the rear edge of the rear saddle. With the ends of the skids positioned in the up position, drill a 3/16” hole in the skid through one hole in the saddle. Deburr the hole and insert a 3/16” X 3/8” stainless steel (SS) rivet through the saddle and into the skid. Repeat for the remaining three fittings. See Figure 5 & 6.