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Pictures give you an idea of the spring aluminum landing gear, also an access
door I made and a dolly to tow the Challenger so the small tail wheel doesn't
dig in the dirt. The gear is one piece so the airframe sits on top of the
gear and uses a set of Matco wheels and brakes. The access door came about
as a way to drain my fuel tank, but lets me get inside to inspect and maintain
the airframe. The dolly came about because there are no good places to push a
Challenger and because my hangar is small , my plane needed to be centered to be
sure the wings didn't strike the hangar. I have an electric winch in the
back of the hangar. I put 2 nylon ratchet tie down straps on the main gear and
the plane centers itself as the winch pulls it into the hanger. The dolly
is made of 2 lawnmower wheels and 2 pieces of scrap square tube. Use 2
long bolts and 2 wing nuts (Lowe's), 2 lawnmower axles and 2 pieces of alumimum
angle. Full swivel caster, such as a shopping cart wheel could be used so
the plane could be towed with a riding mower.
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