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Post  roddie on Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:37 pm

Has anyone ever seen/used one of these? It's made by the Sagan Industries Inc./Long Island City, NY. My Dad gave it to me yesterday.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:44 pm

No, but it looks like a well made handle, that style of adjustment have been very popular for a long time, should do well for you!
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Post  roddie on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:08 am

Mark Boesen wrote:No, but it looks like a well made handle, that style of adjustment have been very popular for a long time, should do well for you!

Thanks Mark. I have some lighter gage fine-stranded cable that I may swap-in for 1/2A flying.. particularly the CEF Speed Contest. I almost bought a new handle last week.. now I'm glad I didn't!
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:17 am

The adjustments and spacing are like my RSM handles (and others) only difference of note is the allen wrench instead of wing nut

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Post  RknRusty on Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:23 am

Hey, Mark, I think one of those is in my flight box now. It's one of the only ones I can get all four of my fat arthritic knuckles in without being cramped.

I also have an unfinished Tom Morris handle with adjustable sliders for the line width that I'm going to press into action for one of my planes. I wish its leadouts were shorter, like only 3" long.



After I sand it, what do you recommend for coating it so it looks nice and resists penetration by our favorite chemicals?
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Post  Ken Cook on Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:54 am

Rusty, you could shorten the cables so there's not so much overhang. Ken
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:50 pm

Rustoleum seems to work fine, actually I used the cheaper version called 'Painters Choice'.

I try to keep a can of clear gloss around the house at all times.

Yep, thats the handle on the left.
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Post  RknRusty on Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:42 pm

Thanks guys, I'm trying lots of handles. The right fit is hard to find and seems to make a big difference for my fat arthritic fingers and restricted range of motion in my wrist, shoulders, and neck.

And I will shorten my Tom Morris handle. I think I found the right size copper tube in my junk drawer today. I did shorten them on My yellow Sullivan handle, and the plane was much more well behaved after that. I don't like the way long handle leads affect control, for me anyway. Especially overhead if the lines go slack for a moment. I like leads as short as possible, about 1" to 3" in length, 3" is the max.
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Re: Sagan handle

Post  roddie on Sun May 18, 2014 12:03 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:The adjustments and spacing are like my RSM handles (and others) only difference of note is the allen wrench instead of wing nut


Hey Mark, I made some mods to my "Sagan" handle for the speed contest. The handle originally had only two spacing options; 2-1/8" and 4". Since I had previously made several (about a dozen) small aluminum bell-cranks with a 1-1/8" spacing, I figured it would be worth drilling a set of holes for them, as this was the bell-crank I was to use in the speed model. I also drilled a set at 3".. to cover all the bases for larger models.

I didn't like the adjustment method of needing an allen wrench.. (one more thing to loose at the field) to tighten the 6-32 button-head screw that secures the cable hold-down plate to the 6-32 tapped frame.. so I got a longer screw and installed it from the "outside" with enough thread-length for a 6-32 wing-nut and lock washer on the inside. The frame is deep enough so that the wing-nut clears my knuckles when holding the handle. Reversing the wing-nut to the outside would still require the allen wrench to tighten, as well as drilling the 6-32 threads out of the frame.

I made sure to chamfer and smooth ALL the holes with some emery-cloth, to prevent the cable from fraying. Changing cables is just a matter of threading them through the desired hole-sets which are drilled-out to .173"

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matching my speed model's spacing..

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Post  RK Flyer on Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:51 pm

I am looking for a set of ready made control lines & handle for engine size 15-40 . I saw some on line but can't remember where!

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