Tempest V, NV708/JCB, Wing Commander J.C. "Zipp" Button,
insert here all the nice
things there are to say about these SkyMax Tempests, and that
will save everyone some time...
I think...think...I've figured out the gear problems on these models.
Evey once and a while you get a SkyMax model that will NOT stand on
its main gear, preferring to do the splits or to squat on its tail
like a playful puppy (how cute!). Pondering the main gear for the
third or tenth time, fitting an inadequate peg in the wing, mumbling
loud enough to be heard over Jimmy Buffett blaring out "Margaritaville",
drinking cuppa coffee number three, I suddenly noticed that the gear
strut was BENT! Yes, BENT! (Why the heck didn't I notice that before.)
Anyway, it is really just a slight, continuous curve that causes the
wheel to toe in. Thankfully, the strut is made of metal, so I carefully
worked it straight, then inserted the gear in the wing. The model
still wouldn't sit on its wheels, but at least the gear looked straight
and true before I tested it. However, I was able to use my newly discovered,
of temporarily attaching troublesome landing gear. Hot dog and whoopee,
and if only all life's problems were so solveable (and so inane).