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Old 01-07-2017, 10:51 AM
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Default Too wide plane to transport--> idea for elevators.. ?

I have just acquired a Mig-29 from Skymaster and it should be in my waiting hands in few days.

I have given some thought about transporting the plane to the field... I have a station wagon car but the boot door is not wide enough to allow elevators to be in place. The plane is 112cm wide from elevator tip to another so ....

I wondered how it would work if I sawed off like 8-10 cm of the elevator tips with a bandsaw, then I would use carbon tubing and wood to make them stick together and lock them with a screw.

That would allow me to detach the elevator tips and put the plane into the car with elevators installed. They´re really PITA to remove I believe..

Of course that would screw up the nice paint job, but would help me out greatly and maybe would let me fly the plane more.

Opinions?

Another way would be making a new elevator horn mechanism which would allow for fast detaching of elevators but that would require much much more designing and time.
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Install a rack on the roof of the wagon to transport it.

If that fails then this picture may give better ideas LOL.

Good luck
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:19 PM
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Does it fit on the diagonal? If so perhaps make a cradle that holds the fuse at the appropriate angle.

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Buy a trailer...and then there are no fuel spills in your station wagon.
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Cradle might be doable. Gotta think... BMW F11 is not big from inside..
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My firebird is too wide for the hatch opening of my dodge journey to go in straight but if I angle the nose deep into a corner up front I can get one wing root in then move it over to get the other one in. Its easier with two people but it is doable. Looking for a small trailer for this year though.
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In the past, I faced a similar problem. After screwing up one of my Giants during transport, I decided to bite the bullet and get a trailer. There are a lot of benefits to a trailer other than having space for the plane (e.g. Like all the junk we carry around to make these things fly can be put into the trailer in a designated spot and left there. In fact, my "go to planes" stay in the trailer all summer long.) From what I have experienced, the biggest threat to the planes, other than our piloting skills, is during transportation. Trailers can be fitted to carry our toys safely.
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Originally Posted by Len Todd View Post
In the past, I faced a similar problem. After screwing up one of my Giants during transport, I decided to bite the bullet and get a trailer. There are a lot of benefits to a trailer other than having space for the plane (e.g. Like all the junk we carry around to make these things fly can be put into the trailer in a designated spot and left there. In fact, my "go to planes" stay in the trailer all summer long.) From what I have experienced, the biggest threat to the planes, other than our piloting skills, is during transportation. Trailers can be fitted to carry our toys safely.
I wouldn't even think about being in this hobby without a trailer. Too nice having everything you need for flying all in one place. Nice not having to worry about your planes being beat up and fuel not getting in your vehicle. Just me!
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Jari, i am not sure it is that difficult to remove elevators.
there is small Hole in the fuse, so You reach the screws
from outside. You will see tomorrow when You Get the
plane
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Waiting for it Christian!
Just preliminary research!

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Yes finally it is coming������
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Originally Posted by Bob Toilet View Post
Jari, i am not sure it is that difficult to remove elevators.
there is small Hole in the fuse, so You reach the screws
from outside. You will see tomorrow when You Get the
plane
Christian
I would make a hatch so you could remove one stab easily before cutting the flying surface...
Here is a link to the manual in case you didn't have it...

http://www.skymasterjet.com/mig29manual.pdf.
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Originally Posted by melvin View Post
I wouldn't even think about being in this hobby without a trailer. Too nice having everything you need for flying all in one place. Nice not having to worry about your planes being beat up and fuel not getting in your vehicle. Just me!
I'm afraid 80% of Europe doesn't have the luxury of having a trailer, nor the real state to park it. It's pretty tight over there, specially if you live near a big city.
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Originally Posted by FalconWings View Post
I'm afraid 80% of Europe doesn't have the luxury of having a trailer, nor the real state to park it. It's pretty tight over there, specially if you live near a big city.

Quite true. I even do the building on the porch during summer..
Luckily I can store my plane at my working place, at airport, so I need to move it only for few km to reach unused runway for flying. Some perks at working there...

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