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Old 12-28-2003, 11:13 AM
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Default Hanger Rash

After getting a Nexstar as an early Christmas present, I soon realized that the plane was going to get a severe case of 'hanger rash' before I ever got it up in the air! The Northeast weather has not been suitable for learning to fly, so I put my time to good use to protect my new addiction.

I looked at the various suppliers of wing bags, and decided I was not going to spend nearly $100 protecting just half of my plane. I went down to the local fabric store, bought 3 yards of fleece, 3 yards of canvas, and a good pair of scissors ($18).

$66.78 and about 6 hours later, I have a great wing bag and a matching 'fuse bag' for the plane. Now I am by no means a master of the sewing machine, in fact I don't think I ever used one before, but a little bit of planning, and some t-pins let me shape a custom fit protective cover in matching red in no time at all. By the end of the project, I was sewing like a pro, learning a few tricks to make life easier.

A few tips I learned:

OVERSIZE! Be very loose with your measurements. It always seems to end up smaller than what you plan.
ALLOW FOR SEAMS. I figured out that at least 1/2!QUOT! is needed.
PIN EVERYTHING. There is no way you can hold the right shape. (Not me at least!)

Oh yeah, and keep your fingers away from the pointy part! OUCH!

So when the weather prevents you from flying, and you have nothing left to build, take a trip down to the fabric store. You'll be able to make what you want, exactly how you think it should be, and save yourself some HUGE $$. The money I saved is going for a radio upgrade!

Pictures to follow soon, as soon as I can find my @&$%* USB cable.

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Old 12-28-2003, 12:11 PM
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Default RE: Hanger Rash

If you're worried about hangar rash on a trainer, wait til you get to 1/3 scale.
Old 12-28-2003, 12:36 PM
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That's when I build a fleece hanger! I can only hope that I have that worry someday! [8D]

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Old 12-29-2003, 12:02 AM
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Golly, I thought bubble wrap and packing tape did a pretty good job...
Old 12-29-2003, 07:58 AM
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Kmart has Kids Sleeping Bags that go for about 8 bucks. Make nice wing bags for big planes.
Old 12-31-2003, 04:21 PM
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FletchNJ,

For us real newbies, what is hangar rash? ALso, any pictures yet of your wing bag?
Old 12-31-2003, 04:29 PM
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Well, I'm a newbie as well, but Hanger Rash is the dents, dings, and scrapes you get from transporting your plane, or from having it sit around the house.

As soon as I find my darn USB cable, I'll post the pics.
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Thanks Fletch!

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