storage and transport unit assuming your model fits the
a decent workstand
ways to configure
is not very sturdy
tubes are not supplied
standbox is a
unique product for our hobby. The product is marketed as a 4-in-1 unit
with the main functions being storage, transportation, workstation and
flexibility. I do not think that flexibility is a function but rather a
feature so this to me is really a 3-in-1 product but nevertheless, a
product that promises to offer a convenient method to store and
transport your models should peak the interest of most in the hobby.
reviewer means I get a good amount of airframes to build and try each
month but with that comes the task of being able to store and maintain
a good amount of airplanes at one time. I usually hang my airplanes and
helicopters on the wall to conserve on space and to have quick access
to them at any given time. When it comes to taking airplanes out to the
field, I am also limited by how much I can stack safely in the back of
my SUV so when the opportunity to take a look at the standbox unit came
up, I decided to give it a go to see if it would help out with my
storage and transportation needs.
standbox is supplied in a very nicely packaged box which contains
detailed instructions on the back of the box on various configurations
that you can achieve with the product.
the box you will find
four foam units that serve as the fuselage and wing holders along with
what they call spacing prisms which are nothing more than yellow
joiners for the side units. Along with the eight pieces of foam, you
also get two straps that allow the unit to be transported, several
small yellow clips that serve as joiners and locking mechanisms for the
side pieces and a neckstrap and plastic spooge or shovel tool.
see that a lot of thought has gone into the design of the wing and
fueslage supports as there are pre-cut slots on the foam that allow you
to configure the opening to best fit your model.
wing and fuselage supports arrive with a 1.25" round opening which can
be cut out to fit the square spacing prisms. The white PVC spacing
tubes as they are called are unfortunately not incuded in the box and
are an optional accessory. However the 1.25" diameter is a common sized
PVC that can be easily picked up at the hardware store for much cheaper
but you wont get the pretty yellow end caps with them. Once assembled,
the first thing I noticed was that the whole unit was overly flexible
which was a bit of a let down but functioning as a stand it is not
really a concern as it wont be moving much on the bench anyway.
nice feature of the wing and fuselage supports are
that they are stackable. The cuts in the foam allow
you to mate one unit to another and lock them in
place using the yellow clips that are provided.
A convenient small spooge is provide to make the
task of inserting the clips asn easy one. It is
not really required as the foam is flexible enough
that the clips can be inserted and removed by hand
but it is a nice to have.
side of the tool is used to insert the clip in the bottom of the slot
and the other can be used to slip the clip in the upper slot to lock it
in place. There is also a nice slot on the fuselage support to store
the tool when not in use. A neck strap has also been provided which was
very interesting but begs the question of who would actually
to hang this tool on their neck.
first plane I decided to test the unit was the Escapade MX from Great
Planes. Being a .40 sized nitro sport plane, the Escapade to me
respresent a plane that should be common enough in most peoples hangars
to test out this unit with. As you can see from the photos above, the
fuselage fit quite well in the fuselage supports but when it came to
the wings, I was not able to store them on top of each other. Instead I
placed them through the main openings in the wing supports. However,
this configuration, I was not able to stack the wings on the top of the
fuselage as the vertical stabilizer got in the way. Having the
on top is fine but makes the whole assembly a bit top heavy. While
storing in this manner is fine, transportation in this configuration
will not be feasible as it is very prone to tipping over.
additional feature of the fuselage support is to bend the spacing
prisms and connect them in the middle to allow more space for fixed
landing gear which was convenient but the Escapade did not really need
this configuration as it was fine with the spacers located in the outer
next model I tried was a 1.7 meter hotliner. For this setup, I used the
round PVC spacers which made the assembly a bit more sturdy. The
fuselage and wings fit nicely in the provided supports and stacking the
unit was not a problem allowing for the heavier fuselage to remain on
the bottom given that the fuselage was stored inverted.
best plane that I have to use the standbox on is probably
the Calypso. I had to open up the fuselage support a bit to
rather wide fuselage but the whole process made me realize that storing
and transporting foam models is what the standbox is probably best
the Calypso, I was able to stack both wings on top of each other and
also got a chance to use the small slot on the wing support to lock the
wings in place.
the standbox is a storage unit, I tried stacking a few units on top of
each other with varied results. With the foam spacers, stacking more
than two units with anything other than foam planes resulted in a very
flimsy setup. As you can see from the pictures above, even after
shifting the heavy airframes to the bottom, the setup is not what I
would call a very sturdy and secure setup. However, with two foam
planes, I was rather pleased with the results. Using the PVC round
spacers will help out in this regard.
as a workbench, the standbox does quite well as it can accept a wide
variety of models and it does bring with it the ability to adjust the
width to suit the airframe you are working on. You can see from the
above pictures that I was able to fit a wide bodied SR22T along with
two 30cc sized airframes on the work stand configuration of the
spending some time with the standbox, I have mixed feelings about it. I
think a good amount of thought and effort went into the design and
production of these units but I honestly think that the foam that is
provided is just too flexible to allow the units to be used as they are
intended for anything other than small foam or light electric
wish that the PVC
spacing tubes were supplied standard in the box but they are a common
size that can be obtained for very low cost at a hardware store. The
asking price of the units may be considered by some to be a bit much
for a bit of foam and plastic, especially given that you can achieve
similar results with PVC and insulation foam spending much less in the
comments aside, used
with the proper airframe, the units do function as advertised
and it is very convenient
to be able to store an airplane in such a manner, transport it to the
field and once at the field have the fuselage stand function as an
airplane stand so you can assemble the airplane without having to place
it on the ground. While they will not be replacing my standard method
of hanging my airframes on the wall, I will most likely end up using
these to store and transport my smaller foam airframes such as the
Calypso as I have shown above.
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