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Old 03-25-2010, 11:58 AM
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Hi everybody,

does anyone knows a project or tutorial about how to build a rc glider tow system?

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Eduardo
Old 03-25-2010, 01:05 PM
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Default RE: How to make a TOW System - RC Glider

I prefer to use a cradle that carries the glider up piggy-back style than an actual tow system
Old 03-25-2010, 02:46 PM
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Do a 'Google' search. Lots of folks use a cradle as mentioned in a previous post. This system is excellent. Many towplanes have a towline release at or slightly behind their center of gravity but some use a tow point at the tail. I have flown from all of these designs successfully. There are differnt types of releases: captured ball, latch type and hooks and loops. It is imperative that sailplane have ailerons. Polyhedral (non-ailron) sailplanes can be towed but it can be a little more risky than those having ailerons. Like I say, look at some of the soaring sites to glean them for more detailed info. Good luck, ARUP
Old 03-25-2010, 06:40 PM
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These are my launch cradles for gliders without gear, float planes launched off the ground and gliders off water when towed by a floatplane tug.

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Old 03-25-2010, 06:51 PM
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Here is my release which is just a simple servo actuated pelican hook in this case on my Oxy Moron, a Seniorita converted for aerotow and also flys with two quick removable 25FX's.

We have towed mostly two meter various gliders and Bird of time along with my motorless Seniorita with at various times: A Senior Telemaster with 91 fourstroke, A Lazy Ace with OS 1.08 tow stroke, A Lazy Ace with G-23 and now working on a release for my GP Stearman PT-17 with OS 120SE

I use an eighty foot towline as optimum and for what its worth I much prefer gliders with ailerons on tow.

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Old 03-26-2010, 08:44 PM
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Default RE: How to make a TOW System - RC Glider

Thanks everybody... I will think about the alternative method...

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Eduardo

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