Written by Ashley Davis Tuesday, 10 June 2008 00:00
The FlexPro landing gear is designed with the beginner to helicopters in mind. The black plastic tube between the skid and the metal mounting plate is flexible under a slight amount of pressure. This means in the typical begginer accident of landing heavily on the skids the landing gear will flex rather than break. The black plastic is not massively elastic so it doesn't tend to bounce back quickly after being flexed which can cause the model to tip over.
It's not the prettiest landing gear on the market but it is very durable and does exactly what it says, which is to bend but not break but to also not bounce your heli so that it topples over on a hard landing. It's well built and looks like it will last well. If I was a beginner I could see that this type of landing gear would be tempting to avoid the inevitable boom strikes from dumping the heli down too hard. The landing gear is quite tall so there is a long distance that the gear can flex before bottoming out, giving it the ability to take a pretty hefty thump and absorb all the energy. The skids themselves are an oversized tubing and extremely strong as is the metal mount plate. Effectively it's two very strong components joined together by the flexible black tube. Basically designed to take some abuse I'd say.
Does exactly what it says it will do
Unlikely to break in an accident, very hard wearing
It won't win any beauty contests
Overall I like this undercart, it offers the beginner what they need which is durability and crashability with the potential of saving the model from further damage. Recommended for beginners, I can't see the looks of this landing gear appealing to the more competent pilots who would probably go for something more low profile like the Gorilla Gear from Heliup.
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