I spent most of the morning really digging into aircraft landing gear kinematics. Oh boy what fun! No seriously, it was fun. So I finally figured out how to build the gear so it can have a forward retraction point. Most gear of this type either just moves up and down (C5) or tucks inward in to the belly (777). I needed this to tuck in forward on the wing.
What I came up with is a variant of an Avro Vulcan main gear in combination with a little XB-70a action.
Some changes to the mock-up I had before:
- Tucked the dual wheel sets closer together
- Moved the entire system forward and inward, because the gear trunnion didn’t set up in a believable place
- Built up the brake system for each wheel set
Okay, now I’m off to APE (Alternative Press Expo)!