I missed such comments, but what advantage would that give? Surely the same amount of stuff is still hanging out in the breeze. Reducing rotational inertia in lateral control, maybe?
My thinking on his gear wings is twofold:
First, if he is able to use the 'special project' with Kings, that he mentioned, to 'retract' the gear upwards then clearly the wings become much more useful wings, akin to a canard. As we all know, tailplanes are wasters of energy because it is (basically) 'negative lift', whereas canards are 'positive lift'. So, his gear wings become useful providers of lift and reduce the wastage down the back.
Second, the extended gear wings will, in conjunction with the 'body flap', produce a very nice cushion of air beneath his machine and that will be extremely useful when it comes to the ultra-slow flight that he wants in order to get his landings rolls incredibly short.
I love the man's ability to think about 20 steps ahead of what he wants to achieve with any part. For instance, I'd cut out a door panel and then realise I needed something on the back for it to close smoothly etc. He just sees the problems way before they happen. Truly a great workman