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F-104G standard landing gear

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RB520 ROBART 520W1 retracts

A standard set of ROBART 520W1 retracts is used in the F-104G. These retracts come with piano wire main struts. We recommend to install the ROBART offset oleo strut RB651L for the nose gear and to dress up the wire struts on the mains with the ROBART strut covers RB103. A matching set of wheels and brakes can be ordered under PA272.

Please note that oleo struts on the mains are not recommended because of the narrow track and strut angle. All the pneumatics to operate this gear is included. Scale purists can choose the alternative F-104 scale landing gear


RB520 retracts


RB651L ROBART nose oleo strut

Left offset oleo strut made by Robart

RB103 ROBART main strut cover set

Set of plastic main strut covers to dress up the piano wire main struts.

PA255 F-104 gear doors set

Complete set  for operating gear doors on the F-104. Be advised that these doors are not true scale. They have been simplified for ease of set up and maintenance. The doors improve the aerodynamics and the looks of the model. For true to scale gear doors, see F-104 scale landing gear.

F-104 equipped with gear doors PA255 (also SA302, RB651L, RB104)
Contents of the PA255 set:
  • 2 ea. Epoxy glass nose gear door

  • 1 ea. Epoxy glass left main gear door

  • 1 ea. Epoxy glass right main gear door

  • 16 ea. Offset door hinges

  • 1 ea. Large airborne air tank

  • 1 ea. ROBART 4 way valve

  • 1 ea. BVM 5-way junction block

  • 1 ea. BVM actuating trigger valve

  • 4 ea. BVM 1 5/8" cylinder (short)

  • 1 ea. Colour coded pressure tubing, T-fittings and restrictors

  • 1 ea. Set of CNC cut ply parts

  • 1 ea. Strip of .015" poly ply

  • 1 ea. Set of drawings and instructions

PA272 F-104G alu main wheels and brakes set

This set with aluminium main wheels, tyres, nose wheel and brakes is specially engineered for our F-104 kits although they will fit any landing gear with 5/32" (4.0 mm) wheel axles. A complete separate (from the retracts) air system is used. A leak in the brake system tends to happen more often than in the retract system.  With this separate air system, the retracts are not affected and it's always better to land without brakes than without landing gear!

Note: the brake hubs are manufactured by ROBART in the USA

We donít think a proportional brake valve is needed to actuate the brakes, on the contrary. We prefer to use an "all or nothing" air micro switch valve and a predetermined pressure in the separate air tank to obtain maximum effective braking action without locking up the wheels. This way, we can adjust the servo actuating the valve to get maximum braking action with a very small amount of "down" elevator stick travel. This also avoids "lifting" of the tail due to excessive "down".


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