Background: built/flew an RV-8 for 400 hours, then built/flew an RV-3B for 300 hours. Based on that experience I much prefer the RV-3/4 rod landing gear. Somehow it feels better, is more forgiving, and frankly I like the swept back looks as well.
The structure required in the fuselage for -8 style gear would be considerable and I can't imagine how it could be retrofitted with proper strength integrity without a boatload of heavy structure.
RV-12iS, empennage/tailcone, wings & fuse on order
RV-3B, first flight 2007 - sold
RV-8, first flight 2001 - sold
Last edited by randylervold : 01-10-2019 at 12:36 PM.