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Post  roddie on Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:26 am

Don't let this happen to you..



The above model-airplane.. (a Guillow's Fokker DR-1 rubber-job..) was stored where I thought it would be reasonably safe. Our new kitten got to it though.  

This thread is a side-note to another on storage-solutions.. but I feel that this deserves more attention for a method to keep the actual model-airplane out of harms way when being stored.

I always have an assortment of bungee-cords around my shop. When the supply gets low.. they're one of those "staple-things" that I promptly re-stock. (I'll get to the point shortly..)



The small jar-containers in the front of the drawer contain x20 small bungee-cords/hooks for around $4.. at my local "Job-Lot" store. These  bungee's are about 12" long.. and have a much smaller-dia. elastic-cord.. and smaller hooks.

Downstairs in our house... is the only climate-controlled space for me to hangar my models. The unfinished-portion of our "basement/cellar" is where my workshop is.. and is also home to two cat-litter boxes.. the clothes-washer/dryer, the oil-burner/oil-tank.. and a lot of other stuff.. Neutral  but there's open-framework above; in the form of bays in-between the floor-joists that's being utilized for storage. I need to optimize these bays. There's a lot of available space for storing sheet-goods, rolled-plans etc.

But.. for many of my small airplanes.. I hang them from a 3" Copper drain-pipe that connects the kitchen drain to the main stand-pipe; using the mini-bungees hooked-around their landing-gear. (excuse the dust.. Rolling Eyes )




The pipe runs near a wall.. so in my case, it's minimally-intrusive. There are currently 14 models hanging from that pipe alone.

I have also utilized the joists as anchor-points for bungee-hooks.




It's really helped to keep my models safe from being accidentally crushed by something falling on them. If they do get bumped.. they swing-away.. which minimizes shock.
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Post  balogh on Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:46 pm

My household does not reflect yet how important building and flying my planes are to me. Lots of makeshift solutions...building on the kitchen deck...storing my planes on top of the cupboards in my small private room....





Now that the kids moved our and we have a relatively large space we are left to live with my wife, I am really contemplating to establish a real infrastructure that my hobby deserves...

I do not have a basement and the garage is also detached with no heating...so probably on of the rooms abandoned by the kids will morph into a workshop.
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Post  706jim on Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:15 am

I built a Guillows DR1 back in 1972. Got all the frames done and covered in transparent red monokote. And that's as far as it got. Maybe this thread will be an inspiration for me to assemble the pieces. I doubt that it would have ever been much of a free flight anyway with all of those short, heavy wings and blunt fuselage.
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Post  GUS THE I.A. on Sun May 21, 2017 10:58 pm

I kept my planes suspended by the propeller hubs between two ropes strung side-by-side, through eye- bolts in opposing walls, in the basement. Occasionally I would have to tighten the ropes , as it was the poly kind. I guess, actually, I have too many airplanes.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun May 21, 2017 11:20 pm

You certainly have a few Shocked
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Post  NEW222 on Mon May 22, 2017 4:50 pm

Wow! And I thought I was excessive with approximately 15 1/2a planes and a few larger ones.
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more "kitty" damage..

Post  roddie on Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:11 am

Can you believe this??



This kitten chews things like a puppy would. Foam pipe-insulation, foam shop floor-mats, zip-seal bags.. and balsawood.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:27 am

Time to call the Kitty whisperer roddie.

Bob
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Post  NEW222 on Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:11 am

I know the feeling roddie. Years ago, my last cat got into my model room after my mom left it open by accident. As we were watching tv upstairs that evening, heard the cat doing something, but that was usual. A few short minutes later she came upstairs carrying something in her mouth. it was a part of the covered fuselage. Her 'playing' that we heard was her disassembling a stick built plane I just finished a couple days before.
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Post  KariFS on Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:12 am

"Combat Kitten in 3 o'clock! Aargh, I'm hit!" DAMMIT!

My sister had a cat that would also chew on stuff. Her favourite was cellophane type of plastic, the crisper the better. Plastic bags were like mesh after her treatment. I am sure she would have liked the Solarfilm on my R/C planes too lol! She also ate styrofoam.

Fortunately that's not a structural part, should be an easy fix.
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Post  getback on Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:49 am

That sucks man , Me and one my girlfriends had a cat at Christmas and it was walking around with tesiel hanging out its Butt , That was Funny !!! Christmas Tree lol! lol! lol! lol!
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Post  Marleysky on Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:30 am

KariFS wrote:"Combat Kitten in 3 o'clock! Aargh, I'm hit!" DAMMIT!

Fortunately that's not a structural part, should be an easy fix.

Combat Kitten 3 O’clock....too funny. Oscar has not chewed on anything balsa, yet. He has broken a couple of trailing edges by stepping on them, prancing across the build board. Wants to be sure I use CHR (cat hair reinforcement) on my glue joints.
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Post  706jim on Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:08 pm

Our cat climbs on my shelving knocking the occasional airframe onto the floor.

But doesn't chew on anything so I guess we're blessed.
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Post  Oldenginerod on Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:50 pm

Regarding cats, I rest my case Mad
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Post  Marleysky on Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:59 pm

What's a good caption for this picture?

Ah, Hi Dad, you're home early!

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Post  Marleysky on Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:16 am

Oldenginerod wrote:Regarding cats, I rest my case Mad

Well! Here you go, Rod.

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