I'm an addict. I've bought to many planes. I'm like a kid in a candy store, I've got to try a bit of everything. Some of the planes I rarely fly and I should probably sell. At the end of the day, the planes all have to be stored somewhere and in someway that minimizes hangar rash. Horizontal space is critical, so it makes sense to use available vertical space. The RC discussion groups are full of storage ideas, and many flyers are using PVC as shelves.
I reviewed a lot of posts and thought I would give it a try.
In the end, the tower I built can hold 9 models. I haven't found a need to glue the PVC together yet, and this means the tower is adjustable.
Storage wise the tower is 8 feet high, 5 feet wide (wingspan of largest plane on tower - base is only 13"), and 7 feet long (tail to tail of largest planes). In total that's 280 cubic feet to store 9 planes, which I think is a pretty economical storage model. I have a mixture of balsa and foam models on the tower and I haven't found any weight issues yet.
Total cost to build the tower was about $200.00. I needed 6 90 degree corners, 4 for the base and two at the top of the tower. I used T connectors to start the tower and then for every shelf. I used 4 11 foot sections of pipe to form the tower, base and shelves.
Next is to come up with a PVC car carrier that allow me to carry multiple planes to the field.
Admin: I am looking for an eighty inch Cub, made by Sig. I saw one at the swap meet in London, but got distracted and it got away from me. I heard someone stole it for a paltry sum of $175.00.
Oct 29, 2019 16:48:21 GMT -5
agn: How do you get the post under " Building Tips"
Nov 2, 2019 23:03:04 GMT -5
agn: OK here goes, Dont't quite understand the process yet!
Nov 3, 2019 13:35:09 GMT -5
agn: The most useful tools I make are sanding bars. I use white pine wood of many sizes, if you have an old saw blade, cut them after gluing sand paper of different grades to the wood.Long ones short ones thin ones etc.
Nov 3, 2019 13:40:10 GMT -5
agn: I also used paint mixing sticks and broken propellers for compound curve sanding.You can use any glue but some need to be weighted to keep the sandpaper to the surface while curing/ drying.
Nov 3, 2019 13:43:13 GMT -5
agn: Also If you have a tube light , 8' is nice you can parallel the light with your work , a wing leading edge, sand and rotate it to check how the shape is working out. Longer blocks work well for this starting with course grain to finer grain sand paper.
Nov 3, 2019 13:46:30 GMT -5
don: Hi AGN go to building tips . Click on that then scroll over and create a thread.
Nov 3, 2019 19:59:06 GMT -5
les: Davis instruments has a selection of weather stations with an option for cellular data upload to the internet. $1500 US , data plan extra.
Nov 21, 2019 12:47:07 GMT -5
RICK: see if this works
Jan 7, 2020 15:55:21 GMT -5