|Nov 22, 2012, 10:48 PM|
Looking for some guidance making a home made dolly please
I thought I would post here as dollys are widely used by glider pilots but its not for a glider. Its for an X8 FPV wing. Could someone direct me to some downloadable plans or simply provide me some dos and donts.
My plane is:
My Field is - Smooth ( its a football field we use for flying on Sundays )
Main questions are:
Should the X8 "sit " in a made to fit surface ?
Or should it be completely flat ?
Thanks very much
|Nov 24, 2012, 05:25 PM|
United States, MA, Waltham
Joined Dec 2001
I've been flying gliders for many years, but I'm not sure I've ever seen a dolly used for launching. Probably a good idea for large models, however.
Our field is probably a bit rougher than yours, but we use a dolly to retrieve winch lines at our contest. Based on that, I recommend that you use light wheels that are reasonably large. Our cart uses maybe 10 inch wheels, but I imagine you could get by with somewhat smaller ones. We were using wheels that were quite a bit smaller, but they didn't work very well.
|Nov 24, 2012, 09:22 PM|
Should not be hard to scratch one out.
The diameter and type of wheels could be adjusted for the terrain you expect to fly from.
Link has one easy style;
Also, a youtube search for sailplane dolly and such shows quite a few.
|Nov 24, 2012, 10:08 PM|
That sure look's like a Me-163 Komet. What about launching rail's and a high start lashup? I'm just curious doesn't anybody over on the electric forum know how to do any of this sort of thing?
|Nov 24, 2012, 10:16 PM|
BTW the 163 had a takeoff dolly and it had to come off at a certain low altitude or it might bounce back up and hit it. It did happen and there were losses. It would land on a lead lined skid as the fuel was extremely volitile.
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