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Post  Cribbs74 Wed May 09, 2012 11:29 pm

My new home has an open area in the backyard that is roughly 150' x 200'

Is this enough room? It's has a few trees on the outskirts. I suppose line length would be the big factor. That and if I come off center too far.....

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Post  RknRusty Wed May 09, 2012 11:44 pm

I fly my 1/2As on 35' lines. That's all I have room for(I don't know my field's dimensions). I tried 40' and clipped some overhanging oak foliage.
So you need 70' plus a safe extra 30' for when you're back peddling to get the lines tight. I'd say you can squeeze that into 150x200 nicely. Start with 35' and go up to 40 or 45' if you think you can.

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Post  John Goddard Thu May 10, 2012 7:03 am

I quite like what the speed bods on utube do Ron.
They have a pole sunk into the ground and hang onto it.
I think this would stop you wandering and keep you to a fixed point.
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Post  SuperDave Thu May 10, 2012 8:26 am

If clearances are tight when flying CL I place an old "hula loop" in the center of the circle that I intend to fly. When flying I don't step out of the circular hula hoop.

Got the "hula hoop" at a Goodwill store for fifty cents. Smile

An advantage of the hula hoop is that it is portable rather than in a fixed position.


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Post  Kim Thu May 10, 2012 8:31 am

My front yard is a bit narrow, but I CAN get away with a safe margin flying on 30 ft lines if I stay in the center. I determined the best spot using a stake and some cord, then sunk a small concrete landscaping slab flush with the ground. As long as I stand with at least one foot on the slab, I know that I'm safe from striking anything.
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Post  Cribbs74 Thu May 10, 2012 9:28 am

Thanks guys,

I will trim away some of the outer limbs of the trees and set up a center point. Not a bad idea on the Hula hoop Dave.

I wonder what my new neighbors will think! lol!
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Post  John Goddard Thu May 10, 2012 9:47 am

cribbs74 wrote:Thanks guys,

I will trim away some of the outer limbs of the trees and set up a center point. Not a bad idea on the Hula hoop Dave.

I wonder what my new neighbors will think! lol!

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Post  SuperDave Thu May 10, 2012 9:59 am

cribbs74 wrote:Thanks guys,
I wonder what my new neighbors will think! lol!

Ron:

If you also twirl several "hula hoops" around your waist as you fly, your neighbors will think you are light-hearted and, dare I say, "gay"? (as in happy and childlike) Laughing

I can hear it now: "Mommy, look a the man playing with his toy airplanes! I want one too!!"
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Post  John Goddard Thu May 10, 2012 11:23 am

SuperDave wrote:
cribbs74 wrote:Thanks guys,
I wonder what my new neighbors will think! lol!

Ron:

If you also twirl several "hula hoops" around your waist as you fly, your neighbors will think you are light-hearted and, dare I say, "gay"? (as in happy and childlike) Laughing

I can hear it now: "Mommy, look a the man playing with his toy airplanes! I want one too!!"

Just think Ron, you started this thread.
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Post  SuperDave Thu May 10, 2012 11:34 am

JB:

I offer this in response:

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Post  Cribbs74 Thu May 10, 2012 1:15 pm

Your all probably right. I just hope the noise won't be too offensive!

It's going to be nice to fly in my own backyard.
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Post  RknRusty Thu May 10, 2012 10:44 pm

My favorite center marker is a white rag. I move around a lot when I fly CL and it's easy to see out of my peripheral vision so I can get back to it easily.

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Post  Cribbs74 Thu May 10, 2012 11:56 pm

RknRusty wrote:My favorite center marker is a white rag. I move around a lot when I fly CL and it's easy to see out of my peripheral vision so I can get back to it easily.

Yeah, I may go that route as it's more readily available and my kids won't want to play with it. Unless......I show them the flying shop rag vid lol!
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Post  Mark Boesen Thu May 10, 2012 11:58 pm

you should be fine with about anything .40 and smaller. Should be fun to build a circle, you might want to consider a crushed limestone center, that way like a warning track in baseball, you can feel when you step out of it.
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Post  Cribbs74 Fri May 11, 2012 12:11 am

Mark Boesen wrote:you should be fine with about anything .40 and smaller. Should be fun to build a circle, you might want to consider a crushed limestone center, that way like a warning track in baseball, you can feel when you step out of it.

Another good suggestion! I wonder what a potential buyer might think when I eventually sell?
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