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Post  getback on Fri May 03, 2013 6:51 am

Hello everbody hope things are fair to midland. looking to build me a single man flight station, something on wheels to take to my garden area i am to clear for flying some cl 1/2a for now. going to make it on wheels to transport easly on rough ground, bending down seems to be more than i can handle with a bad hip, i want to fly by myself sometimes when i have no help and is very disscurging. a rolling table should do it and i can't seem to find that paper that shows how to make a release for my plane at the controls you know the quick release thing -e. anyone have any pic i could get some ideas from. THANKS AHEAD!! RC Plane RC Plane
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Post  pkrankow on Fri May 03, 2013 8:21 am

A cooler on wheels? A wheelbarrow? Garden trailer or wagon?

I use a wing wrap stooge made from a board, a couple clamps, and an old towel. This gets clamped to a table. A brick, or my battery pack, get used to add tension to the wing. I use some thin foam board insulation for plank wings that have support ribs sticking out so the rib doesn't catch in the fabric. Others use bathmats with a strap, or a couple shaped foam blocks. These work great for small airplanes without wheels, and often with wheels too. Not so good for biplanes.

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t2374-rustys-stooge?highlight=stooge

If you have a runway and wheels then a pin stooge through the tail wheel with a pull cord release is what you need.
https://www.coxengineforum.com/t1189-control-line-stooge?highlight=stooge
https://www.coxengineforum.com/t3124-les-stooge?highlight=stooge

I reloaded a new chalk line with pink braided mason's line for my pull line, and bought a stooge assembly from Brodak. I have not yet set it up though.
http://brodak.com/tru-launch-stooge.html

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Post  SuperDave on Fri May 03, 2013 8:30 am

For additional ideas check the Search file for "stooge".

Usually our g'kids make GREAT "stooges". Laughing

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Post  Kim on Fri May 03, 2013 8:32 am

Good morning!

This is my take on Rusty's system for launching his 1/2A's. He has a mobile set up on a wagon, whereas I pack along a table that brings the plane up a bit higher.

It's a padded Walmart floor mat that I hold in place with self tapping screws and dimpled washers. You just draw the plane out of this sleeve with your handle and are off !

The screws can be repositioned to fit what ever wing size you're launching.

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I also use a pin & block set-up for rolling takeoffs, but Rusty's launcher has a lot less fiddling around.

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Post  fredvon4 on Fri May 03, 2013 8:58 am

Me too

My plan is for one of the large tire wagons from Harbor Freight or Northern Tool with a removable platform that can haul all my flight gear and a stooge. RknRusty showes off his very simple bath mat stooge several different places on this site but I can't get a search to work this morning (probably have to clear my chache) His design is good enough for most 1/2a wing types, is cheap and very easy to set up
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Post  SuperDave on Fri May 03, 2013 9:13 am

All too complicated for my simple mind as I fly with other people which is one of the best parts of flying.

I do so enjoy those interactions. Great fun!

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Post  Kim on Fri May 03, 2013 10:08 am

fredvon4 wrote:Me too

My plan is for one of the large tire wagons from Harbor Freight or Northern Tool with a removable platform that can haul all my flight gear and a stooge. RknRusty showes off his very simple bath mat stooge several different places on this site but I can't get a search to work this morning (probably have to clear my chache) His design is good enough for most 1/2a wing types, is cheap and very easy to set up

Those carts are great !! I put a lot of mileage on mine back in my "Fly-In Days" when I was running to Little Rock for S.M.A.L.L. Fly-In's and assorted other destinations. The flight line was usually some distance from where I parked, and a double-decker trailer was just the ticket!

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Post  RknRusty on Fri May 03, 2013 10:32 am

Here is my stooge. Most of the planes take off fine without the bar stool. It gets it up to a better height for fueling and cranking, and for a more sluggish plane a little more height to fly off. The bungee cord and the brick follow the Trail edge of whatever plane I'm launching to keep the plane from rotating. There is a cord staked into the ground so I don't pull it over. I use the bathmat with the rubber on the inside and it works best when it gets oily after a couple of flights. It should need only a very light pull on the lines to release the plane. You don't want to stress the bellcrank. Never had an accident or even a near accident.

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Post  OVERLORD on Fri May 03, 2013 1:48 pm

Here is the European version of the Rusty-type. The bath mat and brick are replaced by 2 foam pieces to create a hollow wing. Looks nice but not suitable for every wing profile and it seems to be very close to the ground.

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Post  RknRusty on Fri May 03, 2013 1:57 pm

It has an adjustable launch angle. I actually sometimes put a 1/2"x3" board under my table to point it slightly up when it's on the bar stool.

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Post  pkrankow on Fri May 03, 2013 5:02 pm

I use a brick to raise the nose of my heavier airplanes. I point the airplane up about 30 degrees. I have tried 45 degrees but it didn't work as well. These planes would probably do better with landing gear and a running start.

Starting a rather light airplane pointing up like that will put you into an immediate wing over, so these are best started quite level.

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