I wanted to start a separate thread for landing gear related info.
I am thinking to use basically the Zenith type of landing gears, both for the main gear and for the nose gear.
The main gear is would be similar to the Zenith CH 601 XL landing gear shown on the Grove Aircraft side on the bottom: http://www.groveaircraft.com/landing_gear.html#zenair
It is about 32lbs with the dimensions shown. (Although I know that steel have much better energy absorption properties, but it is significantly heavier, so I go for light.)
(A 10+ lbs lighter version would be the 2 piece Cessna style landing gear that the Midget Mustang II uses seen here http://www.groveaircraft.com/landing_gear.html#mustang
, but unfortunately, I don't know, how it is attached to the Midget Mustang, but supposedly it is an excellent installation.)
For the nose gear, I am thinking again the Zenith type of nose gear partially to avoid oleo struts, partially because it is a proven rugged STOL strength landing gear. It is basically a 2" chrome alloy tube moving up/down in two plastic bearing and dampened with a single 5/8" x 8" bungee cord. It is attached to an angled firewall and designed to be steerable but no front brake. The basic setup is visible on the attachments on pg 21 of the CH 601 xl parts catalog.
On the 8xl-01 attachment, the angle of the firewall can be seen. I don't know if we have or can have angled firewall, but for this gear, it would be desirable.
On the STOL-CH-750-LA-2 attachment, the details of the main gear attachment is seen.
For wheels, I am thinking to use the standard 6.00-6 wheel and brake set on the main wheel (it uses a 6" dia wheel and 17" dia, 6" wide tire), but for the front wheel I am thinking to use a 18 x 4.25-10 inch setup (10" wheel, 18" dia, 4.25" wide tire), mainly to help rolling the wheel even if the tire gets flat on landing. Since front landing gear is always the weaker one, and off airport emergency landing is always a possibility, I would like to maximize the chance of surviving it without front landing gear damage (and related prop and engine damage.)
to be cont'd...