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Old May 20, 2016, 09:03 AM
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Portable Starting/Work Bench

I've always been frustrated trying to work on a plane while running the engine away from the Field. Specifically working at home without a Starting Bench. You know, you finish a build or re-build and want to run the engine and tune everything before going to the Field.

In my case, its a 40+ mile round trip to the Field, a long way to go in order to test something. Recently, I built a couple of Starting Benches for our Club using plans I found on RC Universe,
http://images.rcuniverse.com/forum/u...58/Sq46166.pdf

After studying the plans further I decided to build a Portable Starting Bench to use in my garage by modifying the plans.

Total cost was approximately $50 of which half was for hardware and screws. Its been a great addition.
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Old May 20, 2016, 06:50 PM
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Very nice idea. One addition you may want to consider: add a screw eye to each side of the aft portion of your stand in the vicinity of the tail; doing so will allow you place an appropriate length of bunge cord over the fuselage and in front of stabilizer to hold the airplane tail down.

Soft landings,

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Old May 20, 2016, 07:17 PM
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That is a good looking starting bench. I agree with piperjoe on a tail tiedown. I'm sorts of in the same situation. My club field is 55 miles one way. So I don't get to visit too often. Good news is I have a grass runway at home. So I made a starting/working stand for the workshop. Then I put it on my untility trailer to get it to the runway. Works good BUT, it has things about it I don't like. One is I've built larger planes and this one is a bit small.

So I have been thinking of building something similar to the one you built, with retractable wheels and large enough for any plane I may build. I can then tow it back n forth to the runway then set it on the ground.

Thanks for the pictures.
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Old May 21, 2016, 10:52 AM
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I like the cooler in the trailer. SPADs are great too. I have a tie down at the back of my stand too. I like to set up the idle and stuff at home without the wing on. My old test stand almost tipped over, so I thought I had better make something a bit heavier. I only used a .28 when it pulled it over too. I got the pattern for the new one off the internet too, and only changed the height and width because I am kind of tall, and most planes I have are little guys.
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