Hi Johnthere is no way to make a working set of landing gear for the new J2?
all that talent out there??
one of you guys is gonna do it!
whats the problem?
A linear actuator is what would work well ..they can be very small, they move at the rates you would need, and they have good torque...but they are expensive. You could tie all three gear together with thin wire and pulleys..but you still need a system to move the gear pad doors and also lock the gear in place so it wouldn't collapse. There are several other threads with a lot more gear ideas discussed, most notably by Y3a who has already motorized the gear on a lunar models J2. His was built with the "hero model scrim" that eliminates the "space" problem when building with a complete interior.I think for a repeatable effect, it would have to be gears somehow linked to each leg and a motor. Even the large model LIS used had a false interior to fit all the parts in. Looks cool though.
Maybe three motors would work if they moved at the same rate. Car electric windows are motors geared to a lever arm which is attached to the window. A 2 way switch moves it up and down by switching polarities on the motor from positive/negative to negative/positive.
In newer cars a cable is used that has teeth to be grabbed by the motor.
If that idea could be miniaturized with tiny motors and plastic gearing it wouldn't take up much room.
Very true..the J2 would have to be hanging from wires in the first place if one didn't want it to drop on it's belly. So the only reasons I can think of to do it would be 1) if you were planning on filming your own new episodes (sounds fun!) 2) to win a modeling contest with the "WOW" factor. or 3) cause it's just kinda a cool idea to see if it can be done. Or a combination of all the above!Not sure why anyone would go to that much trouble when the filming miniature did not have "working" landing gear. It was essentially a marrionette with the weight of the model supported by overhead wires. I built retractable gear on my 24" Lunar Models kit, would not want to go through that again. I want to enjoy model building, not re-engineering a kit that was designed for a different type of assembly. It can be done with the interior that was in the 4 footer, but not a full interior. My struts are not flexible and retract through the top of the gear well. This gives more strength to hold the weight and a partial interior reduces the overall weight. Just my observations.
Hopefully you didn't read any of that in my reply:freak:LOL!!!am i reading right....some of you guys are saying.......
"i cant do it so how can you?"
" i've done it but you cant"