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Old 07-30-2013, 02:12 PM
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Default 1/2a field box.

Happy to be back in the 1/2a game. My new Norvel powered 2X4 is doing well, and my Cloud Ranger
should be RTF by the weekend. I'm thinking of building a small 1/2a field box separate from my main
box that supports my .46 stuff. If anyone has done this I'd like to see what you have.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:02 PM
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Default RE: 1/2a field box.

I made one from a cleaning caddy...but you'll find you use the same stuff for the little planes...if you use a small starter you still need the batteries..glow starter..various tools and screwdrivers..fuel bubbles spare parts....your better off with just one with everything in it...Rog
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:27 PM
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Default RE: 1/2a field box.

I'm a bit more nostalgic. When I go to fly my small 049 and pee wee's, I have a shoe box (my Keds one finally died) with a 2 D-cell glow box, a fuel bulb, small fuel bottle, extra head, prop and wrench, and a few extra rubber bands. This is as close as I can get to being 8 years old again
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This is what I've been using.
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I probably have the oldest 1/2a field box in existence. Mine was given to me by my parents when I was around 8 years old. I am 72 now. It has been in regular use all of these years. You will have to note that my box is made of metal. This is something that has not been the case for many years. This was originally sold in an art shop. It has seen many days at the flying field. A few years ago I added a small 12volt field battery on the left end of the box. I wired it on the outside for my small electric starter. This box has always held just what I need at the field. I think I will always enjoy flying my 1/2a models. My favorite is a Midwest Lil Tri Squire built from plans (my 5th). I am currently building a Scientific Miss America I found on ebay.

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I probably have the oldest 1/2a field box in existence. Mine was given to me by my parents when I was around 8 years old. I am 72 now. It has been in regular use all of these years. You will have to note that my box is made of metal. This is something that has not been the case for many years. This was originally sold in an art shop. It has seen many days at the flying field. A few years ago I added a small 12volt field battery on the left end of the box. I wired it on the outside for my small electric starter. This box has always held just what I need at the field. I think I will always enjoy flying my 1/2a models. My favorite is a Midwest Lil Tri Squire built from plans (my 5th). I am currently building a Scientific Miss America I found on ebay.

Jim Walton, Columbus, Georgia


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I forgot to mention, I still have my Jim Walker Fire Baby that came with my field box. It must have taken hours to finally get my OK Cub .049 to first run but after I did, I was hooked for life. I have never looked back.

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Jim,

Guys are building Fire Baby's (and even Fireballs). They are still fun. If you fly yours, I would suggest tracing parts because replacement parts are hard to obtain. I don't believe anyone replicates that stamped firewall. They were available with various engines, Wasp, OK, Spitfire, etc. and the firewall had holes for all of them.

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Thanks for reply George,
I don't think I will ever try to fly it again. At my age 1/2a rc and free flight are less stressful. I tend to get real dizzy following my 1/2a control line models. I have tried larger control line models (.35 size) but the problem is the same. Thanks again, Jim
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Default coroplast for equipment

Coroplast or recycled signs make excellent fuel proof field box material. To heavy for half A planes I think.
AND it is free!

http://www.spadtothebone.net/freeplans.htm

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When I was a kid I used a fishing tackle box in the rat trap of my bicycle and the little combats and mouse racers under my left arm. A bit later in the car I made a toolbox just slightly longer with a compartment for the transmitter (yes I downgraded to RC) I had cut out the side of the toolbox for the sticks. I liked that because it would save a trip carrying things out to the field. I can't find it right now or I would get a pic. I think ideally now I would just make something 1/2A with a mini power panel (Magnum) and starter and just large enough to carry a few plugs and props. I must have gone through about 10 toolboxes over the years, I am just putting some clear urethane on one today with a removable starter box. One toolbox was about 35 lbs. and I got tuckered out carrying it to the field. Even your existing tackle box (Original poster) with a power panel would be good. I like to see the needle tell me about plug condition to save aggravation.
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the spongey foam that some merchandise gets packed in is great for holding screwdrivers [just stab them straight in to the foam] and just about anything else. You can make "squeeze fit" cut outs in that stuff to hold your NiStarter, Tach, pliers, glue bottles, etc. This set up is handy for your "field box" or AKA the "pit box".
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I still have my Jim Walker Fire Baby that came with my field box.
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