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Post  oldguy on Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:39 pm

For those of you who use a fishing lines as lines to fly our 1/2A's.Would this be a line that one could use?
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hercules-Fluorescent-Yellow-Green-Spectra-PE-Dyneema-10-100LB-Braid-Fishing-Line-/231774435976?var=&hash=item35f6d53a88:m:mBGV0TyIZUZh6AXqGUB5Wcw
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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  fredvon4 on Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:10 pm

I do not know the source of the listed post but the local (Academy/Cabellas/ Dick's Sporting, and even my Wally World) fishing supply had the high vis yellow I desired in 10 and 20 pound for pretty cheap as I recall

NOT all spider wire is the same...the China knock off is suspect and a lot has been written in these forums

ON the other hand it is 1/2A you are asking about

so I doubt a knock of china brand at 35~42 feet would been any real problem as long as we are NOT talking a speed 100+MPH plane
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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  oldguy on Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:42 pm

fredvon4 wrote:I do not know the source of the listed post but the local (Academy/Cabellas/ Dick's Sporting, and even my Wally World) fishing supply had the high vis yellow I desired in 10 and 20 pound for pretty cheap as I recall

NOT all spider wire is the same...the China knock off is suspect and a lot has been written in these forums

ON the other hand it is 1/2A you are asking about

so I doubt a knock of china brand at 35~42 feet would been any real problem as long as we are NOT talking a speed 100+MPH plane

No we are talking just your run of the mill 1/2A's.Maybe a lil satan or something similar to that.I was at wally world the other day checking out their [bleep] and they only had green.So better off sticking to spider wire I quess. I wonder if the spider wire is made in china.
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Post  Kim on Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:36 pm

oldguy wrote:
fredvon4 wrote:I do not know the source of the listed post but the local (Academy/Cabellas/ Dick's Sporting, and even my Wally World) fishing supply had the high vis yellow I desired in 10 and 20 pound for pretty cheap as I recall

NOT all spider wire is the same...the China knock off is suspect and a lot has been written in these forums

ON the other hand it is 1/2A you are asking about

so I doubt a knock of china brand at 35~42 feet would been any real problem as long as we are NOT talking a speed 100+MPH plane

No we are talking just your run of the mill 1/2A's.Maybe a lil satan or something similar to that.I was at wally world the other day checking out their [bleep] and they only had green.So better off sticking to spider wire I quess. I wonder if the spider wire is made in china.

All of my Walmart stuff, yellow or green, says 'Made in USA'...
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Post  getback on Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:36 pm

I go stealth and Berkley's and they are made here , I think I would just stick with the local , we probably sent the stuff over there and they F^ed it up and sent it back . The stuff I got was more expensive !! even if it does say dyneema I would bee leery of the longevities , just my Two Cents getback RC Plane
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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  roddie on Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:44 pm

My 15# SpiderWire is made in the USA and has a Dyneema-braid dia. of 0.2mm (.008") I bought mine at Walmart. It's moss-green.. but I'll deal with it. Laughing




I made-up a set of 42' lines from the 30# reel when I built my reed-speed model. It was probably overkill.. but the tiny model weighs 7.2oz. I didn't want to risk it.. and haven't... because it hasn't flown yet.  Laughing oh well.. maybe this year.

The SpiderWire references a "Palomar" knot to be used.



I'm not an angler.. so I had to learn to tie the knot. The AMA recommends a 5-turn "uni-knot" for this type of line.. so that's the knot I used.



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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  batjac on Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:48 pm

Oldguy, I thought about mail ordering in bulk, but I decided to just buy the 150 yard rolls locally as they are made in USA. There are a lot of things I don't buy if they are made in China. My basic rules are: Is it something ingested? Nope. Is it something electrical that would be unattended? Nope. Is it a safety related product (like our lines). Definitely nope. Other than that, I usually don't have a problem with Chinese stuff.

Roddie, when you say you use the 5-turn Uni knot, you mean a Double Uni knot, right? That's the AMA specification. Single Uni would probably work for 1/2A, but I've never tried it. I've always gone with the AMA recommendation.

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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  getback on Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:44 am

Mark I think Roddie is right the Double Uni knot is for joining two lines https://www.google.com/search?q=double+uni+knot&biw=1280&bih=566&tbm=isch&imgil=827OkuEx984qAM%253A%253BDrMHXdjVRzuXAM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.albacorelures.com%25252Fbest-fishing-knots-for-saltwater-anglers-videos%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=827OkuEx984qAM%253A%252CDrMHXdjVRzuXAM%252C_&usg=___UEQiNUV833Oga47YU4cryXBE4E%3D&ved=0ahUKEwiU9NXW1tPLAhULdD4KHVwmDoUQyjcILQ&ei=qOfwVpSAKYvo-QHczLioCA#imgrc=827OkuEx984qAM%3A wow what a knot that is , May be you know something I don't I am not AMA cert. Roddie one of the Scout leaders on here told me about Palomar knot I like it and have had no probs. with it and can get closer to were I want it to end up Wink Eric What?
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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  fredvon4 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:07 am

Just to clarify what I meant by other forum discussion of the China knock off of so called Spiderwire

UP front I think it would be OK for light 1/2a use but not for the larger planes

Several guys on SH or SSW pull tested the knock off stuff--- and it always breaks well before the rated load and not consistently

It also has much more stretch compared to the real stuff

Another note; you must wet the knot with water or spit to cinch it tight

ALSO do not use CA or other glues to "fix" the knot...most do not stick to it anyway and the glue can cause a section before the knot that will flex more and weaken that area
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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  modelbuilder49 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:30 pm

I just wanted to throw in my experience if I may.  About three years ago I made up a set of green 80#, 60' Spiderwire lines and not to brag but just to state, I know I must have at least 300 flights, if not more, on them with my myriad .35 and .40 sized planes .... Ringmasters, Sig Twister, Sig Banshee, Novi III, Flite Streak, Voodoo and Armageddon!! And although I give them, the lines, a quick inspection before each days flying, I have yet to detect any flaws or questionable nicks or fraying.  I have been very pleased and all of the guys I fly with have helped me check/inspect the lines from time to time.  As for the 1/2A's, I made up a set of yellow 32', 15# and 20# Power Pro lines both of which have performed very well, although I have no where as many flights on either set of them.  In summary, I believe the Spiderwire lines are sound and acceptable as long as the line terminations are strong and sound and a reasonable effort to inspect them for any signs of failure is part of your checklist.
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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  londke3 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:37 pm

My 2 cents. Spiderwire is not Spectra. Spectra is what AMA approved for use. PowerPro is the only line made from Spectra. If you want to be legal in case of an accident buy PowerPro. Dyneema stretches much more that Spectra. It's like flying a plane on rubberbands. I have been flying GSUMP lines for 5 years and have tried them ALL. PowerPro Spectra is the only way to go. I fly everything from 1/2A to Nelson .36 Fast Combat on PowerPro Spectra. I would not fly Dyneema on anything I own.
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Post  roddie on Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:56 pm

This vid is a good example of how I tied my Spiderwire braided line. This tutorial is straight-forward. Note that threading the line through the eye "twice" doubles it's strength by spreading the load at the termination.. and saliva lubricates when cinching-up the knot.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnHPxP2Ux3w

Here's how it came out using 30# braid (a little fuzzy.. sorry)



The trick is; making two equal-length lines as you tie your final knot.. Allow enough extra line to comfortably handle tying your finish lengths. I did this outdoors by sticking a push-pin through each line's line-connector into a heavy piece of wood to hold one end. Extend the completed-line and the reel (second line) out to the desired length and use another push-pin/wood-block to hold the completed-line taught. If you have limited space you can run the lines around a pole and back; cutting the distance in half.

It's time for another "Roddie" idea.. Eyebrows For 1/2A length lines; obtain a 2" x 6" x 8 foot piece of fir and some finish-nails; small enough to fit through the eye on your smallest line-connector. Install an upright evenly-spaced row of 4 nails at each end. There will probably be 95" inches or less between each end.. so after 5 loops around.. you're close to 40 feet. Use a chalk-line to mark the zigzag path of the line.. and pencil-in assorted measurements. 20, 25, 30, 35.. on up to 42 feet. If you're concerned with a tight-radius.. install larger dowels instead of the nails, for the line to go around. Use a push-pin to cinch-up the first completed-line with it's connector taught. You now have a reference for tying the second line. You only need to measure once when you build it. Install a couple of hooks on each end-side.. and hang it on the wall or from the ceiling for storage.
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Re: spider wire for 1/2A's

Post  batjac on Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:34 am

Eric, not to be contentious, but the AMA Control Lines General Rules, section 5.3.5.1 on Spectra Lines says, "Terminations shall be constructed using a 5 turn uni-knot, tied on a bight, or two strands of line looped back from the free end. An instruction film of the knot can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGL2aD9q-cE."

The video here:



Even though the video doesn't show it, Fred is spot on.  Make sure you wet the line before you draw the loop to tighten the knot.  I just use a dollop of saliva to ease the friction as I pull it.


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Post  batjac on Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:48 am

roddie wrote:

It's time for another "Roddie" idea..  Eyebrows   For 1/2A length lines; obtain a 2" x 6" x 8 foot piece of fir and some finish-nails; small enough to fit through the eye on your smallest line-connector. Install an upright evenly-spaced row of 4 nails at each end. There will probably be 95" inches or less between each end.. so after 5 loops around.. you're close to 40 feet. Use a chalk-line to mark the zigzag path of the line.. and pencil-in assorted measurements. 20, 25, 30, 35.. on up to 42 feet. If you're concerned with a tight-radius.. install larger dowels instead of the nails, for the line to go around. Use a push-pin to cinch-up the first completed-line with it's connector taught. You now have a reference for tying the second line. You only need to measure once when you build it. Install a couple of hooks on each end-side.. and hang it on the wall or from the ceiling for storage.

Roddie, this is a good idea, but I think it'd work better for me for steel cables than Spectra, as I never get my uni knots to terminate exactly the same length. I'm always about 1/4 to 1/2 inch off on one line. Plus, I'm too lazy.  I just measure off the desired length X2 and then run it through a SIG or Cox handle with the slide adjustment.

But, years ago when I was taught to swage control cables on full size aircraft, my mentor had a table set up with pulleys at both ends and a large nail at one end.  He'd take the original frayed cable and run it from the nail, snaking across the table on the pulleys, and where the original cable ended, he'd put a nail through the thimble to mark the total length.  Then he'd swage one end of the new cable, route it through the pulleys, and then set up the other end thimble on the nail he just drove in.  Perfect cables every time.

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Post  batjac on Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:02 am

And, just so Y'all don't have to try and look up the AMA recommended Spectra lines, here's what's in the AMA handbook:


5.3.5.1 Spectra Lines
Lines made of Spectra fiber, made of gel spun ultra-high
molecular weight polyethylene are permitted for sport
flying and demonstration purposes. Spectra lines are not
permitted in competition unless the specific rules for the
event flown expressly permit such use. The use of high
visibility yellow lines is recommended, but not required.
For sport and demonstration flying with two lines, Spectra
lines shall have the following strengths:


Aircraft      Engine      Watts      Rated
Weight       Displ.                     Spectra St.
24 oz.       .09            300        20 lbs. .010”
40 oz.       .25            450        40 lbs. .013”
64 oz.       .40            600        60 lbs. .016”
75 oz.       .75            750        100 lbs. .018”


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Post  getback on Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:16 am

Well I wasn't meaning to ruffle any feathers but it seems that if you don't put the D on the end of double you end up with the pic I posted , I know the Double Uniknot is the preferred one .But its all good as lone as we know Laughing At least did learn some thing about the difft. in the spiderwire and to lube the knot a little before pulling that I was not doing so I should give this some more credit . I didn't realize people were flying with this on much larger aircraft on stronger test line and thanks for the chart Mark. Eric This Site Rocks!
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