SuperSkids400 are crafted with the best materials and modern techniques to make them almost unbreakable, and to avoid the problems associated with other landing gear. 

The built-in passive suspension was carefully engineered to absorb most impact forces without transferring it to your helicopter's frame. After all, even unbreakable landing gear isn't a bargain if it allows or causes damage to your helicopter. The shape, materials, and even what appears to be decorative relief cuts, are all integral parts of the suspension. Since not all helicopters weigh the same, we can control how stiff the landing gear is by adding positive camber to the top bar.

Until now, most landing gear engineering consisted of "make it softer", "make it stiffer", or "make it shorter and fatter, and to heck with the tail rotor". The 2 primary styles were the "straight leg" and the "bowed leg" designs, and each has it's own problems.

The most common type of landing gear is the "straight leg" design. It transfers more impact force to the frame than the other designs. Besides causing damage to the  frame, it's also the most likely to break; generally just above the skid hole, or where the legs meets the top bar.

If you crash (or land hard) at an angle, one leg may break and one side of the frame may be damaged. If you're unfortunate enough to come down straight, both legs may break and even more damage may be done to the frame. If the landing gear break, there is no further protection for the tail boom, fin and rotor.

The other common landing gear is the "bowed leg" design. Some thought (but not much engineering) has gone into these in an attempt to overcome the problems with "straight leg" designs. Generally, if they do break, it's near the skid hole. 

The design flaw is that it has to be soft to absorb any shock, but it has to be stiff if you don't want the heli to bottom out. Since it can't be both, manufacturers choose one or the other. There are some on the market that are short, fat and stiff. Most of these aren't tall enough to keep the tail off the ground, and they do little to absorb shock. Others on the market are too soft. One that's sold as 450 size landing gear won't even support the weight of a 400 size helicopter. It depends on the tail fin to support the back of the helicopter. A stiff "bowed leg" design won't help to protect your frame, and both styles easily allow damage to your tail boom, fin and rotor.

The passive* suspension in SuperSkids400 helps to protect your helicopter's frame whether you hit straight down or at an angle. Impact shocks are directed away from the frame and absorbed in the landing gear. Our unique "alligator leg" design is engineered to flex within in the suspension area. The amount of spring tension needed for heavy or light helicopters is controlled by the camber of the top bar. This helps to protect the tail boom, fin and rotor, as well as the frame.



* A passive suspension is one that reacts to forces. Most automobiles use a passive suspension system.






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