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Post  duke.johnson on Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:26 pm

This is cool! Check out this self launch devise.  The SpoolUp by Stevens Aeromodels.  They also make the Ring Rat being flown.

This is a must see! Of course I might be the last to see this.  In that case, never mind.  You could make this out of just about anything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkvfagsvz_A



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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:44 pm

Pretty nifty. In a thread at Stunthangar.com in the  "Amazing Model Stories" section, a guy bet his buddies a sixpack he could self launch his Shark 45. After the bets were placed, he got a cross handle type tire iron out of his car and stuck the sharp end into the lifting hole of an iron manhole cover, then proceeded to launch using a crude version of the Spool Up device. I thought it too risky to try, but I might revisit the possibility.

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Post  pkrankow on Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:53 pm

I looked at that several months ago. "Glorified hose guide" was my first thought. My second is the demo is on a nice hard baseball diamond, while I fly on coarse grass.

I am in no way saying it is not with merit, but I don't feel I can use it in my current location.

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:02 pm

Same here, I can't roll that far on grass.

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Post  duke.johnson on Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:08 pm

RknRusty wrote:Same here, I can't roll that far on grass.
At the NW Regionals, they had a stunt circle on the grass. Now they were larger planes, but it worked just fine. 1/2A's would need a piece of cardboard or something.
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Post  Kim on Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:19 am

duke.johnson wrote:This is cool! Check out this self launch devise.  The SpoolUp by Stevens Aeromodels.  They also make the Ring Rat being flown.

This is a must see! Of course I might be the last to see this.  In that case, never mind.  You could make this out of just about anything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkvfagsvz_A


HECK YEAH COOL !!!!! Gots to make me one of these! So simple, it makes me feels stupid, which would be bad if I wasn't so used to it!

Thanks for this post !!!!
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Post  SuperDave on Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:50 am

I've always thought of flying as a social event and enjoy the interactions among "pilots". Guess I'm fortunate to have lots of friends who also fly.

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Post  duke.johnson on Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:37 am

SuperDave wrote:I've always thought of flying as a social event and enjoy the interactions among  "pilots".  Guess I'm fortunate to have lots of friends who also fly.

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We have it made here in the NW. We have some of the best flyers and builders in the world here. And just up and down the freeway between Washington and Oregon we have six C/L club that I know of. I find myself talking more than I fly, I love getting together with the guys. I thought this would be great to have (or I would just make my own) for the guys that didn't have a flying buddy all the time. Speaking of getting together, there's a swap meet at the airport (Thun Field/Clover Park) this Saturday. You want to go, I can pick you up on the way by.
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Post  Kim on Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:42 am

Take photos if you guys feel like it !!! Maybe we could get Jacob to start a "Family Album"!!!! I'll take some of myself (and Andrew if he shows up) at the Control Line deal over in Paducah next month. Maybe Travis can come down too !

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Post  duke.johnson on Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:18 pm

Kim wrote:Take photos if you guys feel like it !!!  Maybe we could get Jacob to start a "Family Album"!!!!  I'll take some of myself (and Andrew if he shows up) at the Control Line deal over in Paducah next month.  Maybe Travis can come down too !

Sounds good, I've met Super Dave and his wife once before at this swap meet before. And I just met "Cool on the Handle Mark" (AKA- The other Mark) in Portland last Saturday and Have pictures of that.
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Post  batjac on Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:36 pm

duke.johnson wrote:This is cool! Check out this self launch devise.  The SpoolUp by Stevens Aeromodels.  They also make the Ring Rat being flown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkvfagsvz_A


Stay away from these! They're a rip off! I tried one once. As soon as I let go of the plane, it just went in ever decreasing circles and ended up wrapping itself up around the post! Took me almost an hour to get it unwound! Spool Up is right!

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Post  batjac on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:11 pm

I guess nobody caught the joke.... I looped the line counter-clockwise around the post instead of clockwise. Get it? Huh? Get it?


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Post  duke.johnson on Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:07 pm

I guess I didn't see anything about Counter-clockwise. Sorry Mark. courtesy laugh!lol! lol! lol!

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Post  RknRusty on Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:29 pm

batjac wrote:I guess nobody caught the joke....  I looped the line counter-clockwise around the post instead of clockwise.  Get it?  Huh?  Get it?


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Post  dckrsn on Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:44 pm

batjac wrote:I guess nobody caught the joke....  I looped the line counter-clockwise around the post instead of clockwise.  Get it?  Huh?  Get it?
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Post  Cribbs74 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:32 pm

Not sure how this would work unless you could release and then walk they plane away from the little pole. It doesn't take much to snag lines on a landing and it jerks the crap out of the plane if the lines catch on something.

Not knocking the product mind you, just trying to figure out how it would work to have something sticking up in the middle of your circle.
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Post  Kim on Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:04 am

Cribbs74 wrote:Not sure how this would work unless you could release and then walk they plane away from the little pole. It doesn't take much to snag lines on a landing and it jerks the crap out of the plane if the lines catch on something.

Not knocking the product mind you, just trying to figure out how it would work to have something sticking up in the middle of your circle.

I'm probably gonna get one just to mess with it, AND some Trexler wheels (my aged Lazy Bee has not been the same since it finally wore out it's set).

I plan to drive the pole into the grass at the edge of the concrete ramp where I fly. I figure that, after launching, if you walk toward the pole a few paces, it's gonna be low and out of the way of snagging the lines, and a nice, florescent marker of some type ought to keep it from being a trip hazard. In the end, it may be just as efficient to roll out my pin & block stooge to launch stuff. We shall see !!!

Don't see it happening soon, but I DO hope for the day when my beloved hometown ball park is De-Soccerfied, with it's dirt infield renewed, and the rotted goals and nets hauled away. Probably never happen, but a boy likes to dream, and it'd be great to have an Old-School Control Line session some Sunday afternoon.

Also...DOH ! for me too Mark!

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