Ok. I will probably be getting the Apocalypse from blackhawk models. I will be getting the line from sig. Is the reel that the lines come on also a handle? When the lines are all hooked up, will the reel still be connected?
No, the reel is just a cheap plastic reel that will eventually break for no reason ..
. You will need to learn the proper way to roll and unroll the lines to keep from having them become hopelessly tangled up. You roll the line off the handle by:
Connect the loose ends of the lines to the plane
Stick your finger through the center of the reel
Walk the reel away from the plane allowing the lines to unroll as you go
Connect your handle to the ends of the lines which were in the center part of the reel
(Or - connect the handle to the loose ends of the lines and have a helper
walk the handle away from you - when the lines are fully extended
connect the free ends of the lines to the plane)
To re-roll the lines (and this is the REALLY important action):
You must NOT roll the lines up by winding the lines around the reel (as if you
were winding a string onto a pop can or something) This twists the lines around
each other one complete twist for each wind around the reel.
After flying, walk the lines to separate and untwist them (You should do this after
every flight, anyway)
Disconnect from one end (either plane or handle, doesn't really matter but
I like to disconnect the handle and have the weight of the plane holding the
Capture the two free ends in the slot at the center of the reel
By rotating the REEL, start reeling up the lines and walking toward the Plane
(or handle, if you started at the other end)
This is somewhat eased by putting a finger through center hole and the other
hand through the 'outer' finger hole and winding up like a fishing reel
When you reach the still connected ends, disconnect and wind up as much
slack as you can. You will need to figure some way to secure the free ends
(like a rubber band through the clips or something) so that the lines don't
start to unwind themselves as soon as they are released to do so.
Some of the guys in our club use those foam pop-can "coolies" to store the
reeled up lines in - I cut the tops of my old sweat socks off to make an elastic
tube and slip the reel into one of these tubes. Keeps the ends from coming
off the reel while they are in the bottom of my toolbox.