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Post  roddie Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:29 pm

Getting ready to use 15 lb. Dyneema-braid (fishing-line) to fly my small 1/2A models. I'm planning on using a single 60-65 foot length of line running "through" a lightweight handle for two lines that are 30-32 feet long. I'd rather not wind the lines around the handle.. and I don't have an empty reel. When we had the first CEF Reed Speed contest.. I made-up a 42' two-line set that I have wrapped-around a "Planters" cashew-can.. Laughing

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Post  roddie Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:32 pm


Thanks Rene.. Your 1st suggestion has teeth.. Laughing I'd rather not have to mail-order something if I don't have to. Most flyers are prepared with spare/"purpose-made" line-reels. Maybe I can make-up a reel using some cardboard-discs and hot-melt glue.
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Post  akjgardner Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:45 pm

roddie wrote:Getting ready to use 15 lb. Dyneema-braid (fishing-line) to fly my small 1/2A models. I'm planning on using a single 60-65 foot length of line running "through" a lightweight handle for two lines that are 30-32 feet long. I'd rather not wind the lines around the handle.. and I don't have an empty reel. When we had the first CEF Reed Speed contest.. I made-up a 42' two-line set that I have wrapped-around a "Planters" cashew-can.. Laughing

Any suggestions..?

good luck Roddie, can't wait to see the flight report
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Post  roddie Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:04 pm

akjgardner wrote:
roddie wrote:Getting ready to use 15 lb. Dyneema-braid (fishing-line) to fly my small 1/2A models. I'm planning on using a single 60-65 foot length of line running "through" a lightweight handle for two lines that are 30-32 feet long. I'd rather not wind the lines around the handle.. and I don't have an empty reel. When we had the first CEF Reed Speed contest.. I made-up a 42' two-line set that I have wrapped-around a "Planters" cashew-can..  Laughing

Any suggestions..?

good luck Roddie, can't wait to see the flight report

Thanks much Joe.. As per usual.. I'm applying the "Roddie-redneck" method to making my own reel..

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Post  rsv1cox Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:39 pm

As Carly would say "Anticipation is making me wait". Smile
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Post  roddie Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:13 pm

rsv1cox wrote:As Carly would say "Anticipation is making me wait".  Smile

Behold.. the "triple-R" (Roddie Redneck Reel)...... lol!

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I just need to cut a slit for the airplane-end terminations..
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Post  NEW222 Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:14 pm

Tuned in waiting... Popcorn Beer Cheers
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Post  andrew Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:49 pm

You should start calling these posts:  Roddie's Redneck Tips  Surprised
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Post  RknRusty Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:40 pm

I guess I posted this in the wrong thread.
I saw it mentioned somewhere and found the pic. Maybe it was in the 1/2A Skyray thread. Well, maybe whoever it was will see it here.


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  • Can't see it but there is a guy line to keep from tipping it over.
  • Rubber on the inside. Works better after it gets greasy.
  • Bungee slides in place behind the TE so it won't rotate.
  • Brick also trails TE and adds stability.
  • Release the plane by stepping backward, wait till the stab clears the table and apply partial UP elevator(Not Full UP). Do not yank, it should slide out.


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Post  NEW222 Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:48 pm

Nice job roddie! Look just like the ones you can buy, but for only a fraction of the cost. My post is rather funny now that I see yours just above mine. You must have just been hitting 'Post' as I was typing mine. Anyways, thanks for sharing and I will probably build myself a couple too.
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Post  roddie Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:00 pm

NEW222 wrote:Nice job roddie! Look just like the ones you can buy, but for only a fraction of the cost. My post is rather funny now that I see yours just above mine. You must have just been hitting 'Post' as I was typing mine. Anyways, thanks for sharing and I will probably build myself a couple too.

Thanks Chancey! It wasn't very hard to make. The outer-discs I made from the heavy cardboard that you find on the back of a note-pad. Heavy-grade poster-board would also work. I traced the plastic-lid from a peanut can for the size.. (4" diameter) The two inner-discs I made from corrugated cardboard. I traced the plastic-lid from a Pringle's potato-chip can (3" diameter), The plastic-lids have a center-dimple which I pierced with an awl. This allows marking/ piercing all the cardboard discs on-center.. for alignment when gluing.

It's important when gluing the discs together.. that there are no gaps that the control-lines could slip-between. I cut a short piece of tubing/bushing for the sheet-metal screw that runs through the center.. to avoid the coarse threads chewing-up the cardboard while cranking the handle. The sheet-metal screw was sized for the little wooden spool that I had. A small round cabinet-knob would work with a short screw and flat-washer. The crank-handle is just a short length/piece of 5/16" hardwood dowel.. glued into a drilled-hole approximately 1-1/4" from the center of the reel to accept it.

I think I'll install a strip of hook & loop to secure the line-terminations while winding them on.

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