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Feb 08, 2013, 08:08 AM
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Feb 08, 2013, 09:33 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.
Feb 08, 2013, 01:01 PM
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Thanks guys!
Dave I'll see you on Sunday at Maxwell.
Ray
Feb 08, 2013, 02:09 PM
Larry
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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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Mar 31, 2013, 04:51 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
Apr 05, 2013, 11:44 AM
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JT, how do you keep your hooks from twisting or turning on launch, resulting in a pop off?
Apr 06, 2013, 12:54 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.
Apr 06, 2013, 08:47 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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Originally Posted by kostuk
Hi
Does anyone know an inexpensive source for tow hooks or something that can be modified from Home Depot to make one?
Thanks
Ray
Apr 07, 2013, 12:04 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.

Ross
Apr 07, 2013, 01:26 AM
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Thx


Great info, thanks!
Apr 20, 2013, 12:37 AM
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I just bend a long shouldered allen head bolt then Dremmel off the head.
Apr 20, 2013, 10:35 PM
Kurt Zimmerman ≡LSF 4461≡
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Originally Posted by tkallev
I just put one of these in my Miles.

Kurt
Apr 22, 2013, 05:25 PM
The King Moonracer of balsa.
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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
Apr 22, 2013, 07:54 PM
Kurt Zimmerman ≡LSF 4461≡
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Originally Posted by Windependence
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.

Kurt


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