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Post  roddie Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:19 pm

Here's something I made over 20 years ago, from stuff around the workshop. 1/2" plywood base, 1/4" plywood mount, 2 "alum. gutter nails", sm. screws/washers/screw-eyes, .047" music wire and about 20 ft. of string. I drilled holes in the base, for the gutter nails; on an "angle" for a more safe "bite" into the turf.

I used "popsicle stick" tailskids with a hole... or music-wire tail-skids with a loop, or I drilled a hole in my tail-wheel... whatever worked. I didn't have any flying buddies close by. (still don't)Crying or Very sad 

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Post  Cribbs74 Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:44 pm

I would consider mine simple, yours is well engineered.

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Post  batjac Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:53 pm

Looks good.  I made a quick and dirty one using a piece of fence picket, cable ties, paperclips, and an old control handle.  I haven't had the opportunity to try it out, as there's always been someone around to pit for me, but the pull test was adequate.  I made two sticks so the long one can be staked down in-line with the plane's direction of flight, and one that can be staked at a right angle.

The parts:
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The clips bent:
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The finished assembly. The handle line clips to the paperclip, so that a quick yank pulls the pin, but doesn't let the pin go flying off:
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And with a plane staged:
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Post  roddie Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:12 am

[quote="Cribbs74"]I would consider mine simple, yours is well engineered.

Ron

Thanks Ron... It just has to work... that's all that counts!
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Post  roddie Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:20 am

batjac wrote:Looks good.  I made a quick and dirty one using a piece of fence picket, cable ties, paperclips, and an old control handle.  I haven't had the opportunity to try it out, as there's always been someone around to pit for me, but the pull test was adequate.  I made two sticks so the long one can be staked down in-line with the plane's direction of flight, and one that can be staked at a right angle.


The finished assembly.  The handle line clips to the paperclip, so that a quick yank pulls the pin, but doesn't let the pin go flying off:

And with a plane staged:
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Sorry to hijack the thread,

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No worries here Mark! That's really innovative... and you don't have to "wind-up" 25+ ft. of string afterward!
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Post  Mark Boesen Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:22 am

I see a common design here, the sliding pin, i guess it means its must work.

Here's one i made years ago, i really liked it as it didn't take up a lot of space in flight box, a #64 held it all together.
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Post  pkrankow Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:03 pm

I have a Brodak stooge. However for a string pull I took a chalk line (purchased with purpose) and reloaded with hot pink braided nylon mason's line.

I never have a tangle in my box from my stooge, it rolls up easily, the line is plainly visible in grass.

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Post  anm2 Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:21 pm

Great thread. Thanks for sharing!
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