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Old 08-23-2015, 08:24 AM
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My hobby room is a fair sized spare bedroom and I hang my models by a curtain rod from the walls but I am running out of room.
I saw this pix of a plane for sale an thought his idea was simple and cheap for hanging them from the ceiling. I am not if I will gain anymore room but I think I will give it a try. My current planes range from 47-78" and I am running out of room!


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Old 08-23-2015, 07:06 PM
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I have way to many to fit in a room like that. It is a quick easy idea though.


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Old 08-24-2015, 07:37 AM
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i use this shelving system without the wooden shelves.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:22 AM
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The ones I don't fly as often hang from the ceiling in my garage and down the basement in the crawl space. The models I currently fly are going to be stored in my new trailer

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Old 08-24-2015, 08:41 AM
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Nice storage system.
One of my problems is that 2 of the 3 I currently own need to have the wings left on so hanging may be the best way for me.
Old 08-24-2015, 10:34 AM
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another option is hang plywood on the wall. then what you do is go to your local lowe's and get some pvc pipe along with some t fittings. cut the t straight through part in half creating a flat section to put on the wall with the full round section facing out away from the wall. you bolt the t fitting sections to the plywood then you insert a piece of pvc long enough to reach your wings with the spinners facing the plywood and you can sit your wings on the pvc with the fuse still attached. you can make as many as you need and place them on the plywood specifically for each plane. this is provided you have enough room away from the wall to set your planes level engine facing the wall especially if your talking 1/4 scale or something big like that. I hope you understood how I explained that.
Old 08-24-2015, 11:48 AM
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Fuselages from the ceiling and wings on a rack mounted to the wall. I use 1/16" vinyl coated cable with electrical eye rings crimped on the ends. Screw 2 eye hooks into ceiling joists in line with each other. Now loop the wires around the fuse at the spinner and the tail an back to the hook. Very simple even for my 1/4 scale Ryan.
Old 08-25-2015, 09:02 AM
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I don't store them. According to my wife I "horde" planes.





One of my better solutions was to take 2 x 4 pieces withy 1-1/4" holes drilled through and run PVC with insulation foam through parallel to the ceiling. I store the wings this way and the smaller models intact (and a 2-meter glider intact) on these.









On exposed studs I mad wood brackets - again with the foam - for .40 and .60 size models.



And the rest I have on free-standing support stands.







My big but light Carbon Z Cub I have suspended with the wings removed by the carbon-fiber wing tube held by clothesline size screw-hooks in a ceiling joist. Tge C.G. is just right that it hangs level and the vertical stab goes up between joists.

The little AS3X size micros are scattered around like pigeons.
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Old 08-29-2015, 03:59 PM
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I hang them from the garage ceiling. two "I" hooks in the ceiling and an old wire coat hanger with pipe insulation slipped on. Cheap and easy and keeps them out of the way.
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:34 AM
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I used to store all of mine from the ceiling in the garage with and without the wings depending on size but I also have a cnc mill and lathe I use on a regular basis as well as wood working equipment and everything was getting covered in either sawdust then moisture from the coolant from the mill and lathe so I had to find another place to store them. Some in the crawl space under the living room and the currently flown ones in the trailer. There are still a few hanging from the ceiling in the garage what can I do only so much room to many planes LOL.

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Old 08-31-2015, 06:33 PM
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I hang mine from the garage ceiling with Racor bike lifts/straps and also on the wall with shelving mounts...



Bike lift - In order for the plane to be raised evenly, the one piece rope has to be threaded in a different way as shown in the diagram.


Bike lift mount with locking mechanism - You have to dremel out the hole to accommodate doubling up the rope. I filed it down and also spayed the opening with plasti dip...


Keep the wheels - Remove the nylon lock nut and throw away the black hooks. You'll need 2 spring links per plane. Fasten 1 eyebolt to each wheel with the nut and nylon lock nut. Clip the spring link to the eyebolt.


The 2 straps to hold the fuse were cut from ratchet tie downs and then grommets were set up in the ends. Hook the straps to the spring links.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:15 AM
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I hang mine in the garage ceiling similar to tacx in post #9. By the stab in post #2 looks good too. I would NOT hang a plane from the wing as shown in your opening post......

....Depending on the weight of the plane and construction of the wing, this can cause sagging and/or warping of the wing over the long term. (guys, I didn't say that it's certain to do it with your plane's wings....... I'm just saying that depending on the plane construction, weight, and location of the pressure points of the brackets, it may do it )

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Old 09-01-2015, 10:34 AM
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I respectfully disagree. The wing spar and the landing gear struts are the only two structures in a aircraft that ARE designed and constructed to support the full weight of the aircraft, I wouldn't hang them from the tips, but near the roots is a rugged point for suspension.

With carbon fiber wing tubes I have great confidence they will outlast in storage what I do to them in use.

But I do acknowledge that if I am not going to be using them month-to-month I usually support the fuselage in a cradle. Three exceptions are by Carbon Z Cub (hung from the wing tube), my Sonic 64 (flying wing supported on foam tubes 16" apart), and my Radian Pro 2-meter glider (also supported upside down from foam tubes 16" apart). All three use a carbon fiber wing tube wider than the supports).

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