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03/19/2009 at 11:54 pm #41085AnonymousInactive
Hey there to anyone out here in cyberspace…..I am in need of an exceptional nordic glider launch stooge design. So, if there is anyone out there with a very reliable and simple, to manufacture design, I would greatly appreciate your sharing it with me…..Also, where do you guys get those really cool aluminum model boxes?
Well, that’s about it at this present time.
God bless and may the thermals be in abundance for you all….except that I get one second more…..LOL 😆
03/20/2009 at 6:08 am #47136
Here is a stooge by Ernesto B you might like.
As for alum boxes, George Batiuk has made several in past.
Not sure if he is still doing so.
03/20/2009 at 10:39 am #47137Roger MorrellParticipant
There is a company called SKB that makes a wide variet of cases. thry have a line called Rail Cases. There is a 40 inch model that is good for F1A and a 52 that should work for F1A. I found a company that sold them via google. My F1B casrs have made mant airline flights. I fitted them with partition to suit my models. the cases fave a 1,000,000 milr guarantee
Roger03/20/2009 at 12:03 pm #47138AnonymousInactive
You need one of these (see photos). It was a design drawn in FFn some years ago but I don’t have the reference to hand at the moment. The main pillar is pivoted, with the model (works with F1A and H) strappped on top with a rubber band. When you tow the model, the band is released by a captive line allowing the model to ‘fly’ out of the holder.
Good points are that the model is held in the launcher and can’t be blown off, is released at speed so no lurnching out of a static holder and it can be folded up for transport.
Used this sucessfully for many years. Please, no comments on the carpet.
I have recently aquired a SKB box as recommended by Professor Magic. This is made for rifles/RPG launcher and is intrenally 6″ x 10″ x 52″. I can get 6 A2s in it and as the Prof. says is pretty immune to damage by baggage handlers (sic).
03/20/2009 at 12:04 pm #47139AnonymousInactive
03/20/2009 at 6:42 pm #47140AnonymousInactive
WOW!!! Thank you all for such a quick response. I’m going to make one of each and see which one I get along with the best. LOL
As for the cases I do have a Platt case….you might want to check them out…..they’re a little pricy, but when we have literally thousands of dollars worth of models….they’re worth their weight in gold. Just that they are made of polyethylene and you can’t glue anything to them….Gorilla Glue won’t even stick!!!….So it’s pop-rivets and fasteners.
Well, thanks again and I look forward to letting you know how the stooges work….might even put in a little video.
Gods blessing to all
Jeff Byers…..NW Nordic Glider Guider03/20/2009 at 6:45 pm #47141AnonymousInactive
One more thing…..here is the web site for Platt Cases…..http://www.plattcases.com/ I have a 531111AH. They have all sorts of cases that might be of benefit.
Jeff03/23/2009 at 10:06 am #47142AnonymousInactive
I was asked for some detail on the puppy noose (as it is known in some quaters) and how it is release. I hope the pic answers these questions.
I think it is a bad idea to use pop rivits through the skin of any of these plastic boxes as this leads to local loads that tear things. In my SKB box there are some large pockets formed in the inner skin that will accept 6mm plywoood without losing the minimum internal dimensions. I use a few plywood plates, suitably routed with slots, to accept tongues formed on vertical diverders/supports. This means that the wood parts are self supporting and don’t really need to be gued to the box itself. However, I plan to have a play with mastic or similar at some point. You’ll no doubt be annoyed to discover that I picked up my box on eBay for US$50, but rather more to get it shipped to Scotland – still much cheaper than a new one in the UK.
03/23/2009 at 10:07 am #47143AnonymousInactive
Rats ! forgot to mention that the rubber is from the 2nd quarter, 1999 ….03/23/2009 at 3:16 pm #47144AnonymousInactive
i am intersted in the SKB model box.
can you please upload some internal photos of the box?
can you also state the skb serial for that box?
Michael03/23/2009 at 3:54 pm #47145AnonymousInactive
In response to CHE’s comments about pop rivets…..If you take notice on all of these cases, they are held together with pop rivets and my case is guaranteed to handle the rigors of commercial airline bagage handlers. In other words….it is ATA/ATA 300 certified. Please also note…..I have over 30 years experience in the aircraft industry. I don’t just stick a pop rivet in without dispersing it’s load, via the usage of fender washers and the like. And these cases are over .100″ thick of polyethylene. They are tough, tough, tough.
I have to admit, I did look at the SKB cases. But after I compared them to the Platt cases, the Platts won hands down. And you’ll have to believe me, I’m anal when it comes to comparing products. Like I said earlier…..when you are travelling with several thousand dollars worth of planes and support equipment…..don’t scrimp on your model box. And I do believe you get what you pay for.03/23/2009 at 4:28 pm #47146AnonymousInactive
You beat my aerospace experince by a few years !
The SKB boxes are tight on height with A2 wings so the vertical support needs to ensure the guy who walks across your box doesn’t crush your TEs. Looking at the Platt boxes you have a greater depth so I’d be less concerned. Still, I wouldn’t use rivets to ensure a divider in an SKB box wont be flattened but I respect your alternative viewpoint. As Prof. Magic said earlier, SKB boxes have a 1e6 mile guarentee which works for me (I’ll be dead before I’d claim).
I do some shots for you when I have a bit more time. The box is type 5009 :-
and as I said is tight for an A2 wing but will work. I have tested it by sending a herd of full grown Haggis over it without problems.
CHE03/23/2009 at 5:12 pm #47147
How much would a “full grown Haggis” weigh? 🙄
Better question: how much would the herd weigh? 😕
Leeper 😛03/23/2009 at 8:25 pm #47148AnonymousInactive
I did look at that particular case and like you said it’s just a bit too tight and when you’re looking at an extra long model…..well, it had me somewhat concerned.
Also…..like the leeper said……what is a haggi….LOL
PS….I hope that someday we might be able to share the same fields and airspace.
Jeff03/23/2009 at 9:09 pm #47149
CHE is suppering right now.
Having his haggis with neeps & tatties, followed surely with a dram.
And “…don’t call me Shirley!”
[ref: Airplane. the movie]
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