How do you store your planes?
|Nifty 50||17/11/2018 23:45:09|
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I don't have many planes (vertical landings at speed x 2 has kept the numbers down) so I have a little space to store my planes like this. No need for brackets, clips or hangers that could damage the plane. I hook the bungees to the undercart then hang it up - one-handed operation.
Yes, it is half a Boomerang II - the re-build is a winter project. I bought another Boomerang which is in build at the moment.
|Old Geezer||18/11/2018 07:06:45|
|542 forum posts|
My smaller/lighter electric babies are suspended with loops of sash cord behind the prop (pullers or pushers). Some of my larger/heavier electric planes are suspended nose down with the loop in front of the fin or tail plane, if there is any danger of the cord cutting into the foam I use a bit of Rx sponge to protect it. An additional benefit of suspending foamies is they are naturally held vertically, if leaned against a wall long term, not plumb vertical, there is the potential for the fuselage to have acquired a gentle curve when it emerges into the daylight!
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My models are either hung from hooks screwed into joists with a double loop of thick string around the fuselage, front and rear or are hung by their tail with a single loop on hooks screwed into the wall. In the ceiling mounted cases they are in flying attitude, with the wings on, or one piece models, in the latter case the fuselages are vertical, stored wings off. The wings are either on shelves or stacked against the wall.
To get them down for flying I have a length of stout dowel with a hook on the end, to pick up the loop of string and fish the model down. It's the best system that I've found, having tried several. Haven't encountered any issues with damage to foam or balsa surfaces with this method, some of the heavier models are suspended by the undercarriage, if appropriate.
|Peter Miller||18/11/2018 08:27:34|
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My fuselages stand nose down on the floor. I have a rack made out of two strips of wood with 1/2" dowels in on which the wings rest.
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Yes Peter. The arrangement shown above is OK for electric models, but for ic you really need the fuselages to be nose-down.
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When we lived in a chalet bungalow, there was a space above the double garage with I made into a building room. In the garage below I fixed 50mm webbing tape between the 10" deep joists & stored around 5 medium sized models there.
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I hang my models nose up all ic , any potential bad stuff runs down to on the crankcase back plate and not on any critical bits, also any fuel left in system can't run out(can never drain my fuel tanks out 100%) and i don't have rust problems. Mind you they are all 4 strokes bar one these days.
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There is no doubt about the No1 hobby in our flat.
|Stephen Smith 14||18/11/2018 15:38:21|
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Needs to be nose up or clunk pipe can turn and jam up plus fuel can run into exhaust if nose down
|Simon Knight||18/11/2018 18:26:43|
|187 forum posts|
I use a mix of methods but very similar to the above shown and described. I don't hang my IC nose down and have never had an issue. The P47 started well enough after almost 12 months in that corner the other week.
I hang my tissue covered models in doors to avoid the moisture in the garage.
|Bruce Collinson||19/11/2018 13:43:43|
|179 forum posts|
Ditto re the hooks in the garage joists and the 1/2" dowel wall rack for wings. Not being vertically challenged I could reach all the hooks to move fuselages, until another model or two materialised and the space beneath disappeared. I remembered Leccyflyer's "length of stout dowel and hook" and swung into Homebase this am; broom handle, c. 1" dia, with its own plastic hanging hook, £3-something. Cheaper than dowel.
No trace of alleged tubs of Pollyfilla Advanced, exponentially better than specialist balsa filler; tubes from B&Q.
Begs the question, what was the Retarded filler like? A bit slow?
|Jon - Laser Engines||19/11/2018 15:50:35|
|4157 forum posts|
My models are shoved wherever i can find space and are arranged as follows:
Nieuport - Hung nose up
Once i eventually get my own 'hangar' sorted they will most likely all end up hanging from their props. or be left horizontal on some sort of shelf/hung from the roof.
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I would never hang IC models nose down as the clunk will sit folded back and may stick that way, nose up lets the clunk pipe keep straight.
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I have put a length of brass tube as the feed pipe in the tank. This stops it folding back.
|Martin Harris||19/11/2018 18:50:24|
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I thought the main problem with storing i.c. models nose down was possible damage from exhaust by-products (e.g. nitric acid) running back into the engine from the silencer?
|John Stainforth||19/11/2018 20:28:26|
|247 forum posts|
An American style walk-in clothes closet is ideal for storing model aircraft. One cupboard will take lots of fuselages stacked vertically against the walls and there is usually a shelf above the clothes rack that will take a stack of wings. And there is still room to hang quite a lot of clothes in front of the fuselages. (Mind you, those who favour lecce planes will not have the added benefit of their clothes smelling of glow fuel!) Then you just close the cupboard doors and you would not know there are any model planes in the house.
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