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Chris North 318/01/2019 04:50:06
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I am currently living inner city (outside of the UK) without access to a car and as such need to use a taxi / Uber or public transport to get to the flying field.

My fleet is all electric and I have a couple of foamies with one piece detachable wings (a FMS SuperEZ) as well as a balsa plane with a 1m wingspan and fixed wing (Lindsay Todd's Batty).

I was wondering what others do to transport planes to the flying field when you don't have access to a car and have to man handle the planes and support kit.

I have seen some trunk like suitcases that could possibly be put to use or perhaps a deep long case such as for transporting rifles

Any ideas would be appreciated

SR 7118/01/2019 06:18:48
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I am in the process of sorting the transport for my 1/4 scale F104 Starfighter20181126_141411.jpg

Chris Walby18/01/2019 06:26:04
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How about some delta wings, light, tough and don't need much assembly just tie together and carry in one hand with the TX/batteries in the other.

For normal models I would have thought the need to detach the vertical stabiliser/rudder or horizontal/elevator to get it in a box, more hassle.

20160114_201729.jpgAlternatively a funfighter, tough balsa kit, leave assembled and just carry complete.


Nice one SR 71, wings, on and you will be flying to the field, but the OP doesn't have a car!


Edited By Chris Walby on 18/01/2019 06:33:04

Don Fry18/01/2019 06:33:37
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I think something like making a Corex box with Duck tape, and a bit of lightweight wood reinforcement will transport a plane safely. Then all the auxiliary kit can go in a plastic toolbox.

Corex is the corrugated plastic sheet estate agents use for their signs. Can get it off e Bay, or the printers who do estate agents signs if nice to them.

Stearman6518/01/2019 06:48:56
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Back in the day, a home made 1/8th ply box around 1ft square with a 2" x 1" pine frame the length needed for the longest wing was the norm. Or if you were cash strapped, cardboard.

Mike Stevens18/01/2019 07:53:21
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Slightly off topic and possibly not an option now in these H&S conscious days but can remember carrying home on the bus from school where we used to fly, largish C/L stunt models, fuel and all the bits and bobs...

Chris Bott - Moderator18/01/2019 08:03:37
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Who remembers Boxing Clever by Tim Hooper?

Frank Skilbeck18/01/2019 08:23:49
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Would a glider carrying bag work, e,g,

Peter Miller18/01/2019 08:29:31
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Back in my days in the RAF I regulalry used to carry complete controlliners on the train. This included regular trips from Cornwall up to Essex.

One piece models around 50" span where no problem really.

The only irritating thing was the constant comment "Why don't you get in it and fly there?" Wish I had a pound for every time I heard that!!

Robert Welford18/01/2019 10:16:05
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A few decades ago I was student at Imperial College, London and flew thermal soarers in Richmond Park. I built a plywood carry box (I still have it) that allowed me to travel there by tube and bus. Transmitter and towlines etc. were carried in a rucksack.

I built my gliders with plug in tailplanes before it was the norm so they would fit in the carry box.

kc18/01/2019 10:28:37
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Various models have been designed for transport by air etc. One I recall is Piwakawaka which is an electric model of 36 inch span designed to be taken to New Zealand hence the weird pie wacker name!

Dickw18/01/2019 10:37:21
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I have seen several glider competition guys at international events using a Sportube - adjustable length and tough enough for a gargo hold when flying around the world, so should survive a taxi.


Bruce Collinson18/01/2019 13:30:34
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What about any sort of wingbags, home made, Flobbyking etc: maybe taped together; cheap duvet off e Bay to chuck the fuselages in the Uber boot, quick to load/unload ...?


Chris North 329/01/2019 04:49:49
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Sorry for the late feedback but I have bee travelling for the past week. Thanks for the suggestions - I will see if I can find a glider bag locally and adjust it to take cabin planes. Otherwise it could be Uber!

Piers Bowlan29/01/2019 06:18:03
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Depending on the wingspan of course, a padded gun bag can be an economical and practical solution.

I used to transport a 58in span e-glider in my suitcase. I built a lightweight ply box to protect it from damage whilst in transit. That little glider was flown in LA, Hong Kong, Cape Town and Narita, Japan to name just a few. I also built a Zagi with a two piece wing, carbon tube wing joiners and removable tip fins held on with Velcro. I just made wing-bags for that out of bubblewrap to protect it, and a sports bag for carrying on the train/bus in Hong Kong.

Piers Bowlan29/01/2019 06:18:04
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double post!

Edited By Piers Bowlan on 29/01/2019 06:19:41

JulianJ29/01/2019 09:52:39
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How about this from HobbyKing?

It's cheap & cheerful, I use mine alot.

Kind regards, Julian

Keith Lomax31/01/2019 11:02:56
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What about the case that cricketers use for their gear (or even a golf bag?)

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