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Old Feb 08, 2013, 09:08 AM
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Ask for "L" hooks ...
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 10:33 AM
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Thank's Tom. And please don't forget to use the lubricant when cutting the thread's and blow the chip's out too.
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 02:01 PM
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Thanks guys!
Dave I'll see you on Sunday at Maxwell.
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Old Feb 08, 2013, 03:09 PM
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I've made my own tow hooks from 1/8 steel rod, cut with a 4-40 die, and some 4-40 hardware. The die cost about $5 at my local hardware store. A 3-foot steel rod will make lots of tow hooks!

Larry

Update: The thread was cut for 6-32 (not 4-40). Subsequent inflight operation shows that the 1/8" material is bending out of shape during launch. I am considering 3/16" rod, and an 8-32 thread.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 05:51 AM
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I wave towed lots of small gliders up with nothing but a small velcro patch stuck onto the glider and a small patch on a pice of ply atatched to the tow line when i want to release or get to far out of station it just weleases when i want to get off its just back stick
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Old Apr 05, 2013, 12:44 PM
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JT, how do you keep your hooks from twisting or turning on launch, resulting in a pop off?
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Old Apr 06, 2013, 01:54 AM
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A lock washer would help keep it tight. You just have to check it once in a while. I've never tried Loc-Tite.
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Old Apr 06, 2013, 09:47 AM
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3 sizes of SS towhooks

Hi:
I only make and carry stainless steel tow hooks. Won't rust when landing on the early morning dew!

5, 6 and 8 -32 thread, that way you can epoxy the T-nut in place and still remove tow hook later.

1/8",5/32", and 3/16" Each come with two T-nuts.

$4.50ea shipped for $0.50 no matter the quantity.

Jim
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Does anyone know an inexpensive source for tow hooks or something that can be modified from Home Depot to make one?
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Old Apr 07, 2013, 01:04 AM
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If you use a "T nut", and have access, use a regular nut on inside to "jam nut" the tow hook.

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Old Apr 07, 2013, 01:51 AM
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A hook can be made from a nail as well...
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Old Apr 07, 2013, 02:26 AM
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Thx

Great info, thanks!
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 01:37 AM
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I just bend a long shouldered allen head bolt then Dremmel off the head.
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 11:35 PM
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I just put one of these in my Miles.

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Old Apr 22, 2013, 06:25 PM
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Kurt, Am is correct in assuming you placed a hardwood block in the fuselage of your Miles for this to bite into? I'm guessing probably 3/4 of an inch thick? I thinking about doing the same this for my current woody build and am just wondering how deep you anchor that hook into the fuselage.

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Old Apr 22, 2013, 08:54 PM
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Kurt, Am is correct in assuming you placed a hardwood block in the fuselage of your Miles for this to bite into? I'm guessing probably 3/4 of an inch thick? I thinking about doing the same this for my current woody build and am just wondering how deep you anchor that hook into the fuselage.

Wayne
Exactly.. see the picture enclosed.

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