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Old Apr 24, 2006, 10:29 AM
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Getting faomies down from trees

Okay. I was flying but not paying attention and clipped the top of some large trees. My foamie is stuck on some twigs wayyyyyy uppppppp.

Is there a best tool (very long pole) or a procedure (getting lowered from a heli) to get my bundle of joy safely down?

I'm sure this question has been posed a zillion times before. Got a reference? Thanks

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Old Apr 24, 2006, 10:52 AM
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Okay. I was flying but not paying attention and clipped the top of some large trees. My foamie is stuck on some twigs wayyyyyy uppppppp.

Is there a best tool (very long pole) or a procedure (getting lowered from a heli) to get my bundle of joy safely down?

I'm sure this question has been posed a zillion times before. Got a reference? Thanks

Newt
Short of a professional tree climber or a trained Spider Monkey I have found a bow and arrow with fishing line attached to work well. After you get the arrow and lite line in place, use the lite line to pull a heavier line up and over the branch. Then shake. This doesn't always get the plane down in one piece but the electronics generally survive.

Lower branches can be reached by a rubber ball attached to the line of a spinning reel. Same procedure.

Good Luck!
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 11:12 AM
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I recently recovered one that was up there for 7 weeks. The rubber bands holding the wing on eventually rotted out, and it all fell down. Everything still works and is in good condition.

I was tempted to try a tree climbing adventure, but it would have been a high and risky climb, and it just wasn't worth it.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 04:55 PM
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There's always the Husqvarna solution
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 06:08 PM
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Over the years, I've accumulated some yard tools that help - I take the fiberglass handle off of my tree trimmer, an aluminum extendible paint roller handle that I lash to the end of that (Duct Tape - whoo hoo!) and I also happen to have a long curtain rod that fits very neatly over the end of that with a hose clamp. I can tape a yardstick onto the end for an additional three feet or so, if necessary, but the crowning touch is a paper towel tube affixed to the very end of the thing with a four-point crown, or tulip shape cut into the end with scissors, so I have a few "fingers" to lift the plane out with. I can go almost fifty feet up from the ground with the whole thing together, and I usually grab the plane by the nose with the tube, although, getting a plane out of a tree is sometimes pretty difficult - expect a few dings!

You can supplement with a ladder, too, but it starts getting dangerous at that point!

By the way - love the chainsaw solution!
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 06:55 PM
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Like the bow and arrow, you can use a slingshot (wristrocket type) with a large nut tied to light line. Shoot it over the limb and shake it down.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 08:59 PM
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Over the years, I've accumulated some yard tools that help - I take the fiberglass handle off of my tree trimmer, an aluminum extendible paint roller handle that I lash to the end of that (Duct Tape - whoo hoo!) and I also happen to have a long curtain rod that fits very neatly over the end of that with a hose clamp. I can tape a yardstick onto the end for an additional three feet or so, if necessary, but the crowning touch is a paper towel tube affixed to the very end of the thing with a four-point crown, or tulip shape cut into the end with scissors, so I have a few "fingers" to lift the plane out with. I can go almost fifty feet up from the ground with the whole thing together, and I usually grab the plane by the nose with the tube, although, getting a plane out of a tree is sometimes pretty difficult - expect a few dings!

You can supplement with a ladder, too, but it starts getting dangerous at that point!

By the way - love the chainsaw solution!
FIFTY FEET... Now you're talking!

So it's fiberglass extension into aluminum pole into curtain rod into yardstick into toilet paper roll.

How's that 50'?
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 09:03 PM
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Call your local Fire Company . They love a "rescue" like that.

Tell them if they cant help , you will have to do it yourself.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 09:27 PM
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Like the bow and arrow, you can use a slingshot (wristrocket type) with a large nut tied to light line. Shoot it over the limb and shake it down.
We just used this method with heavy washers and fishing line. Works like a charm.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 10:00 PM
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Like the bow and arrow, you can use a slingshot (wristrocket type) with a large nut tied to light line. Shoot it over the limb and shake it down.
What size slingshot for 50'? Thanks, sounds doable.
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Old Apr 25, 2006, 01:32 AM
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Don't Try This At Home

You mean like this ...

Only $200.00 to get it down.. for a $600.00 wing it was worth it..
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Old Apr 25, 2006, 11:17 AM
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Seems that a fishing pole (with reel), some heavy test line and a 1oz lead weight would get it done. Some of the newer super lines are incredibly tough. Wear gloves.

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Old Apr 25, 2006, 12:00 PM
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i just climb up the tree and get it. easier for me though as i have youth on my side. lol.
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Old Apr 25, 2006, 02:34 PM
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I just climb up and get mine but then again I'm part Spiderman
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