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Old 02-27-2006, 08:54 AM   #1
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I saw many peoples using an strap to hold the planes from the tail during engine starting, where I can get one of these, that is something special?

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Old 02-27-2006, 09:57 AM   #2
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I think any strap should work. Even an old belt or something. I prefer to drive a couple pieces of rod in the ground, with pipe insulation over them. Then, I put the plane behind them, resting the wing against them. The stab is usually weaker than the wing, so I feel much better with this.

I started using them after I had my plane running on the ground, turned away for a sec and accidently hit my throttle stick to full. I caught the wing tip with one hand, and had to do a little wrestling to get ahold of the thing. It only had a 46 on it, but that 11 inch prop was trying to get my leg.

Needless to say, I WON!

Any type of restraint is good, and everyone should use em.

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Old 02-27-2006, 01:45 PM   #3
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What I use when I am not at a field where the restraints are set up at the starting pads is a hose/cable hanker from the dollar store, with pipe insulation on it, a length of rope or a lugage strap and a big old screwdriver I found someplace. Jab the screwdiver in the ground, loop the rope/strap around it and the hose hanger, then hook the hose hanger uder the plne trapping the tail feathers. Mind you, the biggest engine I use is a 70FS so it's not going to pull the tail off anything.

I started using this about a year before it was submitted by a dude in Quebec and published in one of the hobby magazines.
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Old 02-27-2006, 03:22 PM   #4
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I use 2 cheap 24 inch screwdrivers from Princess Auto with a piece of round pool noodle pushed over the handles and part way down the shaft. Put the screwdrivers in front of the wing.

I also have a piece of plastic covered clothes line with a clip on each end. I use only one screwdriver for this and put the clothes line around the tail.

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Old 02-27-2006, 04:48 PM   #5
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Thanks for the posts, I can see that everyone have a different solution.
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Old 02-27-2006, 07:10 PM   #6
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Anything that will hold the plane is better than nothing.. A Wide strap would spread the load out better than say a rope..I've seen every thing from a loop of shoelace and a srewdriver to machined aluminum hold-downs with retractable arms...

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Old 02-27-2006, 07:14 PM   #7
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:59 PM   #8
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IMHO I prefer something sturdy or a trusty friend standing there with his legs holding the aircraft.
There was a fellow up at the 400 club who had his airplane an a strap.He didn't realize there was slack in the strap when the airplane leaped fwd and injured hi hand badly.
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:05 AM   #9
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I prefer to fly alone and do so 90% of the time so I know the value of a good restraint. I bought a dog tether from a local kennel club. It is a 12" long spike with a flange welded on the top and 2 swivel snap couplings. I bought a piece of rope, covered it with vinyl tubing and volia, a perfect plane holder thing.

It will check up a 70 lb. Pit Bull at full speed. My 22 lb. 40cc, P-51 doesn't even come close.
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a good few years back Ron Chapman - who doesn't know of him ? came out with an idea of 2 pieces of marine ply 3/4 " thick , these are shaped to the approx shape of the top of wings , go over the front & underneath by 3" or so are about 1 deep & about 10" long , the inside touching wing has some rubber foam stuck on . in the back end of the curves are 2 holes drilled which you put 1/4" nylon yellow cord , so 2 cords come back & fixed into a 1/4" diam steel rod x 10" long , this has a collar or drilled out nut on top welded on , thru this goes the long cords , Rod obviously pushes in to grd . Can send a pic if needed .
If you look around southern ont; you will see lots of these , especially for BIG stuff .
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