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Old Oct 26, 2009, 07:21 PM
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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:





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Old Oct 26, 2009, 07:46 PM
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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.
Old Oct 26, 2009, 09:16 PM
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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.
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 09:57 PM
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Awesome Mike.

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Old Oct 26, 2009, 10:10 PM
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Handy tool Mike. Good job.

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Old Oct 26, 2009, 11:44 PM
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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

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Old Oct 27, 2009, 08:22 AM
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neat!!


Great idea Mike.. Thanks for sharing it... Brian
Old Oct 27, 2009, 08:52 AM
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I tried stands. Laying parts out on the ground still works best for me.
Old Oct 28, 2009, 08:39 AM
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HUh??


Well Hooray for you... Brian

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I tried stands. Laying parts out on the ground still works best for me.
Old Dec 06, 2009, 11:47 PM
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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!
Old Dec 07, 2009, 08:26 AM
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You're welcome!

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

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Old Dec 07, 2009, 08:28 AM
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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
Old Dec 08, 2009, 07:09 AM
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Great idea. Thanks for posting it here.
Old May 24, 2010, 12:26 AM
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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.




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Old Jun 14, 2010, 08:26 PM
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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.
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