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Old 03-25-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Question model airplane stand

Thinking about building me stand for plane when I'm out flying so I don't have to get down on the ground. Thought about using pvc, what size 1/2 or 3/4. Or should I just build a cover for my lawn mower trailer. I have plenty of ply scrap.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:07 PM   #2
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How big of a plane? I have built a couple out of 1/4" pvc and it is strong enough to hold some of my biggest stuff 1/4 scale type planes.

Pretty simple to do also.

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I'd use at least 3/4 inch PVC. I made a lot of these, easy to do and relatively inexpensive.
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I'm assuming you want something high enough so you don't need to kneel or bend down.
Just remember that pvc pipe is light,so in any sort of breeze,the whole thing is likely to topple over,unless staked to the ground.
3/4" should be fine.
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I make a low PVC stand that clips to a small folding table. When not at the field, the PVC stand holds a plane on the work bench; very handy.

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Old 03-26-2013, 06:14 AM   #6
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Hard to say what to build the stand out of... Especially not knowing the model size.

Maybe a foam "beer cooler" cut up to accept the plane and set it on a small camp table... This can support some large models. Its easy to do and you can use the table for other stuff too.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trai...-Clay/16503226

Never leave a model unattended in ANY stand.
I've seen some really nice models in expensive well anchored stands get blown out of the stand.
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Originally Posted by fhhuber View Post
Hard to say what to build the stand out of... Especially not knowing the model size.

Maybe a foam "beer cooler" cut up to accept the plane and set it on a small camp table... This can support some large models. Its easy to do and you can use the table for other stuff too.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trai...-Clay/16503226

Never leave a model unattended in ANY stand.
I've seen some really nice models in expensive well anchored stands get blown out of the stand.
i usually keep my planes on the ground while not flying. but i like that table to maybe use a work area....maybe attach a custom plane holder to it !

nothing to it, but to do it !
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Sometimes all that works is tie-downs.

I had a wind gust pick up a 22 lb 50cc Low Wing Stick that was sitting firmly on the ground and I had a 12 ft trailer acting as a windbreak.
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Originally Posted by hkeelljr View Post
Thinking about building me stand for plane when I'm out flying so I don't have to get down on the ground. Thought about using pvc, what size 1/2 or 3/4. Or should I just build a cover for my lawn mower trailer. I have plenty of ply scrap.
I made mine out of one inch PVC. Price between 1" and 3/4" was not that much. It sits on top of one of my folding tables in the workshop. An old leather belt was bolted to the top of the two front posts and two back posts for supporting the model. (The tops of the four posts have a "Cap" fitting on them.)

Those leather belts make it easy to rotate the model for access to different areas. And, with the model sitting in this cradle, accidentally bumping the model is much less likely to have the model fall off the table and on to the floor.

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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=915409
i built this one, works great.
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Originally Posted by scottc View Post
Simple and effective.
Pool noodle is an alternate good way to put foam on it.
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A few flyers I have seen, use a heavy duty camera tripod. They spread the legs wide and push them in. If the wind is strong they hang a heavy weight from the top of it for more stability.

They then make a small custom cradle for each plane, it bolts down with a 1/4-20 blind nut just like a camera.
This kind of stand is most popular with glider flyers but even sport planes around 48" is OK.
If you set it up correctly, you can loosen the swivel, and the plane will weathervane into the wind for the least drag.
You can find tripods in thrift stores or Goodwill stores. Construction transit legs are great, as they are very strong.

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If you're into woodwork, this is one possibility:
http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blo...your-rc-model/

or if you prefer a little light spending:
http://www.precision-aero.com/shop/i...ightstand.html

I have a similar one to the Precision Aero stand. Was at a big electric flight meeting back in the last century, when such events were real thin on the ground, and this guy shows up with a huge station wagon and the back of it is packed with stands like the PA one in the link.

Okay, pretty average wood quality, but way cheaper. I bought one and still use it.

Idle thought. If you don't have access to a pits table to set a small stand on, something like the Precision Aero one and the other link above are pretty solid. The last thing you want is something that flaps around with your pride and joy atop it or, much worse, falls over.

Having a real hefty photo tripod, I wouldn't bother with putting a model stand atop it. The whole thing revolves around one fixing, which might not even be under the CG of the model and stand atop it. If it works for others, good for them, but I ain't playing there.

If you have pits tables at your site, something to just sit the model in so it doesn't roll around will do fine, as the table will bring it up to your height. A beer cooler and some artistic hacking will achieve that aim. Just be polite - some folk don't like sitting at a picnic table with a model being revved up to full power inches from them. They obviously don't realise the model's owner is entitled to do what he likes

Hope that helps

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