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Neil James19/05/2019 11:23:57
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I got fed up squeezing models into a Mazda MX5 so I’ve bought something more suitable as a mobile hangar and I’m interested in how others have fitted out theirs for maximum storage. Initial plan is a false floor just above the wheel arches for assembled models on top and wings or fuselages underneath then some battens widthwise under the roof for storing larger wings.

I’m sure there are some imaginative solutions already in use - let’s see them!

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Glyn4419/05/2019 11:48:57
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I reckon that’s a serious mid-life crises, when you sell your sports car for a van!

Neil James19/05/2019 12:23:54
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Oh no! The van is as well as the MX5! My wife suggested we bought a sensible car, an estate or similar, but really neither of us wanted to get rid of the MX5, best car I’ve ever owned.

Glyn4419/05/2019 13:37:14
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Phew, so relieved.

Percy Verance19/05/2019 16:37:50
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Hi Neil

It is possible to buy pre-cut shelving/storage type solutions for the rear of many popular vans. I happen to know this as my neighbour purchased a full motor home conversion for a VW Transporter van. It was he whom told me that these companies also provide other solutions for vans. That said, you may well be able to do something yourself at much less cost.....

I have seen someone use copper pipes to build a sort of *cage* arrangement allowing fuselages and wings to be stored/stacked fairly securely. The copper pipe had the foam insulation fixed to it with cable ties. This helped to protect the models and wings a little in transit. Although yours doesn't look like a transit. wink

Edited By Percy Verance on 19/05/2019 16:38:24

Ernie19/05/2019 16:43:01
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A car?

Many a time, Ive strapped a Model on my back, a can of KK diesel fuel in my back pocket, and pedalled to the patch

ernie

cymaz19/05/2019 17:12:27
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Several fliers at Davidstow club have made cradles out of plastic soil pipe (1-1/2” to 2” in diameter) and solvent glue. Then with a bit of ingenious design you could tower one on top of the other. Pull it all out and the mobile hangar becomes a van again.

 

A bit like **THIS**

Edited By cymaz on 19/05/2019 17:15:07

Doc Marten19/05/2019 17:19:04
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From across the pond:

**LINK**

cymaz19/05/2019 17:21:38
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Posted by Doc Marten on 19/05/2019 17:19:04:

From across the pond:

**LINK**

That’s it !

Percy Verance19/05/2019 17:29:07
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That's similar to the system I saw cymaz, but with 22mm copper pipes with insulation on them. The one I saw also went the full width of the van loadbay, with models secured in place with velcro straps.

The lightweight cycling approach is great if it works for you Ernie, but where would the fieldbox, transmitter, gallon of fuel and folding chair go?

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 19/05/2019 17:33:45

cymaz19/05/2019 17:45:50
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Posted by Percy Verance on 19/05/2019 17:29:07:

The lightweight cycling approach is great if it works for you Ernie, but where would the fieldbox, transmitter, gallon of fuel and folding chair go?

Edited By Percy Verance on 19/05/2019 17:33:45

Front seat, on the wife’s lap ( well, almost in my case) laughyes

Neil James20/05/2019 09:13:05
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That’s excellent, thanks very much. I shall investigate the pvc pipe system as although the van is not likely to be used for anything other than storing models an easily removable system might be handy one day.

Neil James21/05/2019 11:17:23
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Posted by Glyn44 on 19/05/2019 13:37:14:

Phew, so relieved.

There has been some sacrifice: the van has been financed by selling my ancient Ducati 900SS which I’m sorry to see go but didn’t ride it at all last year so it’s gone to a more active home. Still got a motorcycle to ride though, there’s no way I’m giving up two wheels until I’m physically unable to get my leg over 😉

Doc Marten21/05/2019 11:51:45
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Posted by Neil James on 21/05/2019 11:17:23:
Posted by Glyn44 on 19/05/2019 13:37:14:

Phew, so relieved.

There has been some sacrifice: the van has been financed by selling my ancient Ducati 900SS which I’m sorry to see go ..........

Now that is unforgiveable....

Chris Freeman 321/05/2019 13:24:55
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I have racks at to top of the van for wings, the height of the van allows longer wings to pass over my head whilst driving and the racks are spaced in such a way thaT it will hold wings with the struts on. I made brackets with aluminum and wood cross pieces have a rubber strip on them.

Neil James28/08/2019 15:27:35
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Finished the van so here’s an update:

I now have a raised floor which gives me 30cm of room underneath to store wings, wood panels on each side with brackets to hold fuselages and dowels at the top so I can put wings on top of them and hang small gliders underneath. The floor stops short of the doors so heavy items like batteries and flight bags can be propped against it - it gives me somewhere to sit too!

There’s still a few models to squeeze in and I might yet need another top rack but overall I think the space is well used.

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John Gregson 228/08/2019 16:30:51
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Hi Neil,

Very neat looking set up! As a matter of interest, and not being an expert on vans, what make/type of van is that?

Regards...John

Neil James29/08/2019 09:14:39
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It’s a 1.6 Renault Kangoo diesel. Chosen just because it was on my local garage forecourt and it was cheap! I’m unlikely to do more than 1000 miles per year in it so it should last me out.

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