HobbyKing.com New Products Flash Sale
Reply
Thread Tools
Old Oct 26, 2009, 07:21 PM
Pompano Hill Flyers
Miami Mike's Avatar
Miami Lakes, Florida, USA
Joined Mar 2003
8,486 Posts
Mini-HowTo
Sailplane Stand made from a Home Depot Ridgid Flip Top Work Support

This $29.97 Ridgid Flip Top Portable Work Support from Home Depot makes a great sailplane stand for assembly at the field.



I got the idea yesterday while reading this thread, started by jonesjj, and it didn't take very long to put it together. I used two blocks of foam wrapped in duct tape and a couple of short bungee cords. There's a detailed summary of how I built it on my website.

Here are a few pictures:





Miami Mike is offline Find More Posts by Miami Mike
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Oct 26, 2009, 07:46 PM
WINS - Winch In Nose Sailplane
jaizon's Avatar
USA, NH
Joined Mar 2008
3,109 Posts
Sorry, Mike. It just doesn't look very stable, especially on anything but dead level ground. Big plane, slight breeze and over it goes. Needs a much wider base for the legs, like a tripod.
jaizon is offline Find More Posts by jaizon
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 26, 2009, 09:16 PM
Pompano Hill Flyers
Miami Mike's Avatar
Miami Lakes, Florida, USA
Joined Mar 2003
8,486 Posts
It's extremely stable. Even off balance with only one wingtip installed, it's rock solid. The stand is made of strong steel and is fairly heavy.



And even if there's a stability problem from a very strong wind, the stand can be easily lowered to compensate. The center shaft could even be pushed into the ground.



Remember, the main purpose of the stand is to assemble the plane. If you're really worried about stability, which is unlikely once you've tested it, you can always set the plane on the ground before you walk away from it.
Miami Mike is offline Find More Posts by Miami Mike
Last edited by Miami Mike; Oct 26, 2009 at 09:21 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 26, 2009, 09:57 PM
Thermals?!
AndyTheLegend's Avatar
Plantation, FL
Joined Apr 2008
385 Posts
Awesome Mike.

Andy
AndyTheLegend is offline Find More Posts by AndyTheLegend
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 26, 2009, 10:10 PM
Flyer
Rairwalk's Avatar
United States, FL, Lakeland
Joined Nov 2008
217 Posts
Handy tool Mike. Good job.

Rick
Rairwalk is offline Find More Posts by Rairwalk
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 26, 2009, 11:44 PM
yyz
Registered User
yyz's Avatar
USA, CA, Paso Robles
Joined Dec 2004
2,410 Posts
Nice job. Not that different than this one:

http://www.letmodel.cz/nahled-models.php?name=flash.jpg

and your base looks wider. Guaranteed to be more than $29.95 US

Mike
yyz is offline Find More Posts by yyz
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 27, 2009, 08:22 AM
<>< AKA W4BPS
USA, TN, Tullahoma
Joined Dec 2001
2,428 Posts
neat!!

Great idea Mike.. Thanks for sharing it... Brian
BrianSmith is offline Find More Posts by BrianSmith
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 27, 2009, 08:52 AM
the flying is good
dephela's Avatar
USA, CT, Hamden
Joined Oct 2002
2,109 Posts
I tried stands. Laying parts out on the ground still works best for me.
dephela is online now Find More Posts by dephela
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 28, 2009, 08:39 AM
<>< AKA W4BPS
USA, TN, Tullahoma
Joined Dec 2001
2,428 Posts
HUh??

Well Hooray for you... Brian

Quote:
Originally Posted by dephela View Post
I tried stands. Laying parts out on the ground still works best for me.
BrianSmith is offline Find More Posts by BrianSmith
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 06, 2009, 11:47 PM
They call me Crash!
Kaw1000's Avatar
Ohio
Joined Jun 2006
1,693 Posts
hey Mike!
Just wanted you to know that I bought one of these...works great...built it just the way you did. Thanks for tip!
Kaw1000 is offline Find More Posts by Kaw1000
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 07, 2009, 08:26 AM
Pompano Hill Flyers
Miami Mike's Avatar
Miami Lakes, Florida, USA
Joined Mar 2003
8,486 Posts
You're welcome!

A few folks commented about it at the Tangerine contest in Orlando the weekend before last.

Miami Mike is offline Find More Posts by Miami Mike
Last edited by Miami Mike; Dec 07, 2009 at 08:32 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 07, 2009, 08:28 AM
<>< AKA W4BPS
USA, TN, Tullahoma
Joined Dec 2001
2,428 Posts
neat stand

Mike had this at the Tangerine. Really a neat set up.. The model sits at a little bit of a downward angle and it sits in the wind with no problems. Nice for sure!! Brian
BrianSmith is offline Find More Posts by BrianSmith
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 08, 2009, 07:09 AM
Proud member of LISF and ESL
LI, New York, USA
Joined Mar 2003
24,553 Posts
Great idea. Thanks for posting it here.
aeajr is online now Find More Posts by aeajr
Reply With Quote
Old May 24, 2010, 12:26 AM
Pompano Hill Flyers
Miami Mike's Avatar
Miami Lakes, Florida, USA
Joined Mar 2003
8,486 Posts
The stand seems to be catching on. Jody Miller of the Orlando Buzzards came up with a couple of improvements.

One is to use wider foam blocks and a smaller gap between them to help keep your fuselage from twisting in the wind. You can see his stand in this picture, linked from this thread:




The other improvement of his, which you can barely see in the picture, is to drill through the two bottom horizontal portions of the legs near the center and add eye-bolts, through which he can drive stakes into the ground. Although the stand is extremely stable even without the stakes, this removes all worry that it's going to blow over.

I've also come up with a latch for my stand that attaches to the tow hook, removing the need to wrap a bungee cord around the fuselage.




Miami Mike is offline Find More Posts by Miami Mike
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 14, 2010, 08:26 PM
Pompano Hill Flyers
Miami Mike's Avatar
Miami Lakes, Florida, USA
Joined Mar 2003
8,486 Posts
A local fellow named Willy came up with a really fancy version of the Ridgid Work Support Sailplane Stand:



It swivels and locks into place facing different directions, can spread apart for different size fuselages, and even has a drawer to store a few tools. Here are some more pictures.
Miami Mike is offline Find More Posts by Miami Mike
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion Question about Pink foam sheets from Home Depot SteveC68 The Builders Workshop 17 Nov 27, 2011 09:54 AM
Help! insulfoam from home depot ant141110 Foamies (Scratchbuilt) 1 Feb 22, 2009 09:28 PM
Discussion Lithium Battery Packs For Ryobi From Home Depot Rickochet Batteries and Chargers 3 Dec 06, 2008 06:15 AM
Discussion next noob ? - which foam to buy from lowes/home depot pairadocs Foamies (Scratchbuilt) 11 Sep 12, 2007 08:28 AM