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Feb 18, 2007, 10:16 PM
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portable landing strip

I used a new technique that I dreamed up for taking off on grass using my electric war birds. Every time I tried to take off on grass I usually nosed over even with the elevator up. I had a Plastic tarp that was 8' x 11 1/2 ' and used large landscape nails to hold the tarp down like tent stakes. I faced the longest part of the tarp toward the wind and placed the plane at the edge. I gave my E-flite jug that has been glassed and weighs around 25 ounces the first try. By the time it hit the end of the tarp it was gently floating off the ground! No Nosing over! Now landing on the tarp was a different story it's kind of like trying to land on a carrier in the middle of the ocean! LOL
After I was through flying I used a hammer to pull the nails out of the ground and folded up the tarp and through it in the back of my truck.
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Feb 18, 2007, 11:16 PM
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Nice idea...I've thought about using a large piece of foldable cardboard....but there is no way I am good enough yet to hit the damn thing when landing (except as a giant lawn dart)...so I'll just wait a while yet
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Feb 18, 2007, 11:26 PM
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I had thought about the cardboard too but the tarp was easier to fold up and work with. and with the large nails you can pull it nice and tight.
Feb 19, 2007, 12:47 AM
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You could also do two tarps one in front of the other.
Feb 19, 2007, 12:51 AM
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4'x8' coroplast sheets or plastic roll sheeting
Feb 19, 2007, 12:56 PM
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Great to hear someone else thinking of this. Yes Hitting an 8' X 12' runway would be pretty tough. That's about 1/100th scale of even a small municipal runway so no shame in overshooting that. A 100' tarp would be closer to scale size for a typical parkflyer but that's not so portable anymore is it. Nor cheap.

About the most effective thing I've thought of is a couple 100' rolls of fairly heavy tar paper. Paint it up like ashphalt.
Feb 19, 2007, 01:28 PM
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Try a scrap piece of a rock quarries conveyor belts. Some are manageable or can be pieced together.

Price should be ---FREE.
Feb 19, 2007, 06:07 PM
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what about astroturf or similar... seems like it wouldn't be too hard (then again, not exactly easy either) to hit a 4 or 5 foot wide strip 25-50 feet long. With a parkflyer anyway, as the size goes up, well, all bets are off.

Maybe a local high school or rec center is re-doing their artificial field and has some scraps?

Just thinking "out loud" as it were...
Feb 19, 2007, 10:22 PM
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Get yourself one of those 25'x50' tarps(good luck refolding it on your own though ) You may also want to start hitting rummage sales for a Slip 'n Slide. 2 SNS's end to end will give you about 40'(be sure to tuck the second one under the first so you have a smooth transition). they're pretty cheap at rummage sales too.
Feb 20, 2007, 04:46 AM
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I've been looking into 3mm ribbed rubber sheeting 1m wide by 10m long, only problem is that a 10m roll weighs 35Kgs. Getting off will be OK, but landing back on is going to need accuracy

Feb 20, 2007, 08:32 AM
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Look at it like this... instead of air combat at the field we can now play "carrier landings"... if you miss, you nose in..... the one with the least amount of damage wins!!
Feb 20, 2007, 08:57 AM
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Landing on the 8'x 12' is possible with lots and lots of practice! I came within 6 inches of making it the first time I tried. The wind was deffinately a factor that day it wouldn't let my plane come down it would just set up there a float and then the sudden drop! The speed of warbirds is the second factor trying to slow them down enough to make the landing with out them stalling and nosing in.
Feb 20, 2007, 09:06 AM
ive used a roll of the black plastic underlay they use with conceret.place cardboard over grass[helps if the grass is really short] then roll out your roll of underlay.peg it down nice and tight and you have a good runway.mines about 40 feet long and is painted up so it looks real.have made a arrestor hook setup with fishing line and rubber bands and pegs.just need a hook at the tail of your plane and good to stop etc.
and yes it really does work.next time i set it up i'll get some pics.

Feb 20, 2007, 11:43 AM
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Do that please,i'd like a gander at it.
Feb 20, 2007, 11:47 AM
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Portable Astroturf ... I've thought about that one before but keep wondering how big a piece , say, 5 feet wide by 25 or so feet long, would be rolled up? Would it fit in a car or trunk or would you need a van or truck?
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