I have been lurking in various threads to gather ideas for a laminated wood landing gear that would work on a VP2. I have done some construction on what I hope will be a successful design pending testing. I am soliciting critical comments--my pink body is more fragile than my ego.
I think the weak point of this gear will be the mounting of the KR axles to the wood legs. I have to figure out a bearing plate or sleeve design to spead the torsional load at that joint--the wood itself surely won't have the bearing strength. Ideas welcomed.
Some info: 1/8 inch (nominal) yellow birch laminated with West System epoxy, steam bent the wood to form and let dry before doing the glue-up, 7 inch radius bend, 2 inch thick, 6 inch wide tapered to 3 inch, 25 pounds (20 wood/5 epoxy).