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Old 02-08-2021, 07:57 AM
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A flying buddy was the first to use this setup.

Especially if you attend a flying event where you may not be close to the startup area, this setup is the bomb! With this conversion on a common collapsible wagon you can carry all the items needed for multiple flights as well as the airplane without having to run back and forth to your pit area.

It all starts with a collapsible wagon equipped with a folding "table" on the end. Here is a perfect example:
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Then, you cut an appropriate size piece of plywood (mine is 14.5 by 17 inches) and bolt it to the table making sure the table will still fold. Thickness of the plywood doesn't really matter as long as it is pretty stiff. The completed table with ply should then look like this:
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You will need some sort of stand to put the airplane on. Doesn't have to be anything elaborate at all. I made this one using some foam and the same plywood as is bolted to the "table":
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This is the stand attached to the "table" with common "C" clamps:
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And the end result is you can carry planes. Obviously you can't use this for really large and heavy planes as there is a limit to the weight the folding table can support. The planes in the pictures will be 10 pounds when fueled and ready for takeoff. In this specific case, these are EDF jets that have been converted to turbine power. The setup works just as well regardless of engine type. You can carry everything needed in the wagon to the flightline!
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These types of wagons are very handy. I've been using one for a while now, for everything around my RV and flying activities. The one I got was actually a bit more robust, in that the wheels are wider, and the frame is a bit thicker, yet still is lightweight and easily stowed. With the wider/thicker wheels, it simply glides over softer sandy areas and thick grass. I really like mine. If it busted today I'd go directly out and get another one immediately. So yeah, these are a great addition to a flying set up,

Shop them a bit, as I'd found several on the market.. no doubt there's a size/type for everyone. I've seen them range in price from about $30 all the way to $80 for the canvas-sided type. The quality and features go up a bit with the higher priced wagons.

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