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Old Aug 09, 2012, 11:18 AM
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Anyone Know a good Hi-Start Tubing Source?

I picked up a glider, AM radio and Craft Air Hi-Start for $25 the other day. The model was built inthe late 80's and the hi-start tubing is dry rotted. Does anyone have a source for this tubing. I hunted around online and it seems expensive to me.

This is my third glider. I have a Airtonics Cumic and another one I got used. I don't know what it is. I am looking forward to getting my hi-start fixed and my planes in the air.


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Old Aug 09, 2012, 11:29 AM
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Try this:

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Old Aug 09, 2012, 12:08 PM
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 12:40 PM
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Hi start tubing is surprisingly expensive, especially considering the bargain you got on your new plane and radio, but there are no inexpensive sources that I'm aware of. If you buy the good stuff and take care of it, you should get many years of use out of it.
You also might be interested in this thread regarding an alternative called Thera-Band...

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Old Aug 09, 2012, 01:00 PM
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Size to your need.

this stuff is what I use - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thera-Band-E...#ht_2211wt_907

The yellow and red are good for ~2m and somewhere on here there is a complete breakdown as to what color to use for what weight plane. I'll post back if / when I find it...


Edit - This link here - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...9&postcount=14 - enplanes the hose colors in compassion to other manufactures. Not the exact link I was looking for but for now...
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Here's a nice chart with pounds of pull for 100% and 200% elongation...

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Old Aug 09, 2012, 03:04 PM
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+1 for Hosemonster. Buy once! I have had mine for 15 years or more!

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Old Aug 09, 2012, 03:13 PM
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Histart tubing



I am getting 500' launches when there is a breeze. Much beter than the dynaflight tubing. Other than the retreiver, I don't understand why anyone would want to use a winch.

I treat the tubing to a cleaning with aerospace 303 at the end of each session.
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 03:21 PM
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I think I have some latex tubing high start that should work for, I am not using it and might as well sell it.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 12:02 AM
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HobbyKing is one place that sells stuff cheap (cheap stuff? haven't tried it yet)

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Old Aug 10, 2012, 01:27 AM
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The HK stuff is OK. A friend uses it x4 for bungee launching an F3F model out into the lift. Of course it may not last as long as Hosemonster for example.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 06:33 PM
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I've made up a couple of sets of matched hi-starts using HK blue rubber. 10m of rubber and about 125' of line. We can launch Oly IIs to maybe 135' with these. It's fun to launch MOM, and since our other planes are DLGs the low launch is not an issue. With home made 'chutes and flea market mason twine it's a good value fun/$.
PS, I saw how Alex quadrupled the HK blue rubber to launch a moldie to DS a tree line. Way cool.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 08:50 PM
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My 2 Cents.....

Hey, I had REALLY good luck with these people and their tubing. They have a big variety of sizes that will launch little free-flight chuck gliders, all the way to, well, bigger than I plan on needing any time soon.


I got 50 feet of 1/4" outer diameter tubing to launch 2M woodies and so far it's worked great for 2+ years of HEAVY use(I'm careful though, I never pull past 50 paces, 1 foot of tubing = 1 pace of tension, if you go more, they all will destruct sooner).

Next I want to try the 5/16" just to get one of my heavier planes up better on dead days(and rebuild the same plane a little lighter also for that matter).

Treatment- treat your tubing with Armourall or other rubber/vinyl preserver, this will go a LOT further than the old standard talcum powder or corn starch which do nothing for repelling excess water, keeping it from drying out too much, or degraded by Ultraviolet light. www.reefscuba.com also has a special rubber tubing preservative they sell which is similar to Armourall but more specific to rubber I think.

Adios - Paul
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:43 PM
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Hosemonster stuff is great. I have one that is...I dunno, 10 years old....and still going well.

However, I recently built a "big highstart" out of Theraband tubing and I have been extremely happy. Its available on ebay or Amazon for less than the Hosemonster stuff, time will tell how it handles.

Don't even bother with the Dynaflite or other tubing.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:53 PM
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Another option for a full kit:
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