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    Transport questions

    Being the relatively inexperienced modeler that I am I'm wondering if you gents ever thought about transporting your planes on top of a vehicle to the airfield...

    My flightline is 20 minutes of freeway away and I wonder if my max speed is 75MPH if that's too much for the fuse to reside on top of the car... I'd build a PVC mount of sufficient strength of course and some sort of tie-down solution but wondered what would happen to the fuse... especially the feathers.

    btw.. its a BH FW 190 ARF...70 inch wingspan... (wing would stay in the car of course...

    Why? I've got three planes now and I hate having to choose to leave one at home...
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    RE: Transport questions

    The problem is not the airspeed, but rather the unnatural angle that it will press on the plane from. A plane in flight rights itself so that the wind loading is in the right places, but you'll be forcing the plane to take on wind at an angle that it wasn't designed for. And that's not to mention the turbulence you're going to get from air coming off your windshield. You might consider if a PVC rack could carry all of your planes in the car.
    No kid, I said break ground and fly into the wind!

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    RE: Transport questions

    Get a van





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    RE: Transport questions

    I transported planes on top of my Explorer many times longer distances with no issues. Zirolli Stuka, Meister Me 109, and my buddy Bud Nosen P51 and Mister Mulligan. Once secured on top properly there will be no issues. People do it all the time. BTW I did trips as long as 100 miles.
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    RE: Transport questions

    91Zulu.. got any pics you can share... I have an suv too... same size as your Exploder...
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    RE: Transport questions

    I was going to ask "what do you do if it rains while your transporting planes on the roof", but then I noticed your from California, and as we all know "it never rains in California"! What's the next verse again, something about "man it pours"!

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    RE: Transport questions

    Make your own cradle, works great. Allows at least 3 planes in the car.



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    RE: Transport questions

    Chuckling to myself... I think I'm getting old. Carrying one plane, setting it up, taking it apart, cleaning it up... has become enough.

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    RE: Transport questions

    On request from "sparky4lawndart" I will post more pictures on the cradle:
    The black holders are standard water pipe brackets and the grey foam is pipe insulation:
    The hinges makes it foldable for easer storage when not used:
    On the wing holders I used the same pipe insulation and regular rods (15 mm/diameter):
    If I want to bring a tail dragger I don't use the bottom part:


    Hope it will work out for you!

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    RE: Transport questions

    thanks a bunch.. I'm going to get some wood today!!! woot
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    RE: Transport questions

    ORIGINAL: AA5BY

    Chuckling to myself... I think I'm getting old. Carrying one plane, setting it up, taking it apart, cleaning it up... has become enough.

    Yeah starting to subscibe to that theory as well hence the van. Now I think I'll add a couple of Emil's cradles

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    RE: Transport questions

    I've also a couple of flying buddies who drive vans, which serve as well as their hangers. Good way to do it.


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