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Old Sep 18, 2006, 05:09 PM
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Bungee working, what with hook/landing?

Ok, now I've FINALLY got my bungee launcher working and now I have to work out a different problem. When I land I'm breaking my hooks. They aren't very big, like 3/4" inch. I try to grease my planes in softly on the belly, but those hooks get the worst of it. I'm not landing on concrete, but pretty close - hard dirt. It's either that or stiff/dry grass.
How do you guys keep the hooks from getting ground off?

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Old Sep 18, 2006, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by albireo
How do you guys keep the hooks from getting ground off?

By landing on soft grass. I can't imagine anything standing up to concrete or any other hard surface.
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Old Sep 24, 2006, 08:17 PM
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Hi Joe
Just seen your post. have you thought of using two hooks further round the fuselage or under the wing leading edges and use a bridle to attach to the towline. Its worked for me in the past with gliders.

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Old Sep 25, 2006, 05:55 AM
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Encountered the very same problem with my EAM MiG-17 until I made the hook retractable! The hook is made from 3mm aircraft grade ply, and will pivot aft on landings. Works great! Have to be anchored real strong in the fuz. Originally I used a rubber band to keep the hook "out" but that turned un-neccesary.
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Old Sep 25, 2006, 08:38 AM
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Some of my hooks:
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