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Jul 12, 2011, 01:05 PM
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How do you guys transport your planes?


I've got a 3-state trip coming up at the end of the month, and would like to take my Micro Yak along. It's got a wingspan of roughly 20".

I don't necessarily need a foam-filled case, but would like something to keep it from being crunched in my trunk during the trip.

Any suggestions?
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Jul 12, 2011, 02:44 PM
Way to many airplanes!
That's why I like the Horizon stuff so much. For me those carrying boxes are a huge plus value. You'll probably have to make your own box yourself. Check your local schools, colleges, as they do quite often renew their IT stuff during the summer while the students are away. Those large LCD monitor boxes may do the trick and they simply recycle them. They are sturdy, and usually come with a carrying handle already installed. Just a little bit of foam carving and they make nice carrying boxes.
Jul 12, 2011, 03:28 PM
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Same, the Horizon boxes are great. I basically have one box with a foam in it, and velco to attach custom made adapters for my planes. The adapters are just other blocks of foam which I have carved to fit each plane. Only have one Champ, and a scratchbuild which doesn't fly, but still made the foam block for it.

I would say you should take off the wings on your airplane. Make them portable using wire and rubber bands, or magnets. Much much easier to transport.
Jul 12, 2011, 03:32 PM
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I would say you should take off the wings on your airplane. Make them portable using wire and rubber bands, or magnets. Much much easier to transport.
Unfortunately, it wasn't really designed to have its wings come off. It's basically just a small foamy.
Jul 12, 2011, 03:54 PM
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Oh ya, but why not take them off carefully and make them portable? I'm sure the plane wasn't manufactured with the wing fused to the fuselage...
Jul 12, 2011, 04:47 PM
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Oh ya, but why not take them off carefully and make them portable? I'm sure the plane wasn't manufactured with the wing fused to the fuselage...
Actually, it was:


Build-up 001 by bryanewyatt, on Flickr
Jul 13, 2011, 10:25 AM
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the best thing i can tell you is to go find a cardboard box that fits it easily and make some foam supports to keep it from collapsing on it and to keep the plane from shifting inside the box.
Jul 13, 2011, 11:23 AM
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Stop in at your local appliance store - They will usually give away the large cardboard boxes + lots of foam to brace things.

Bring with you a good box knife and flat metal to make/cut an edge.

spend a little time looking at the Parkzone type cases and you can cut a custom box cheap!

Larry
Jul 13, 2011, 02:18 PM
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I hadn't wanted to mess with cutting foam, but it looks more and more like I'll have to.
Jul 13, 2011, 02:28 PM
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why? just get a big box for it. shouldn't end up that large.
Jul 13, 2011, 02:33 PM
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why? just get a big box for it. shouldn't end up that large.
That was my thought. I was asking to see if anyone knew of a ready source of boxes normally used for something else that I could work with.
Jul 14, 2011, 06:20 PM
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Drive an SUV and get enough helium balloons to suspend the model in the hatch area. That way, it won't be susceptible to bumps and bruises if you end up in Pennsylvania with our wonderfully pothole ridden roads.

Me personally, I extrude, expand, and mold EPP for a living. I'd just gather some scrap and cut out a form fitting the airplane and put it in a box.
Jul 15, 2011, 04:42 PM
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I make a box from dollar store foam and packing tape for my scratchbuilt micros.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/atta...mentid=4002903
Jul 15, 2011, 10:11 PM
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The Grocery store had plastic tubs with lids on sale for $2 last Thanksgiving and they fit a Champ perfectly.

I think Big Lots sells them for about $4. I put a few pieces of foam in them to keep the plane off the sides, but it works good for planes i don't have boxes for (like BNF Champs I've built from parts)
Jul 16, 2011, 09:35 AM
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You can get nice strong boxes from those public storage places.They also carry bubble wrap.I usually line the box with the bubble wrap lay plane inside and cut a handle in the sides. hope this helps. Jim


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