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Dec 10, 2007, 09:44 PM
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Small, virtually free winch for small gliders

My flying buddy (a real thinker) made himself an excellent little winch for small gliders (like the GP fling).

He took an old spin-casting fishing reel (they are geared about 6:1), cut the handle mostly off and mounted the remaining stub into the chuck of a cordless drill. The set-up is mounted on a little plywood board and uses very light line. A simple bent lever is mounted in such a way that when you step on one end, the other end depresses the drill's trigger.

Very nice little winch, the plane zooms right up.
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Dec 10, 2007, 11:16 PM
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Dec 11, 2007, 01:47 PM
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yes pictures!
Dec 11, 2007, 02:15 PM
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That's 3 votes for pictures; you are now required by FAI by-laws to provide them!

(not really, but they'd be nice to see, anyway!)
Dec 11, 2007, 02:30 PM
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And for those of us who are tinkerers who want to copy and possibly improve on the concept!!!
Dec 11, 2007, 04:11 PM
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What about a mini highstart? Although the winch sounds cute and effective I've had great luck launching my 50 inch span 12 hand launch using a single loop of 1/4 flat rubber about 15 feet long tied to a 100 foot length of 10 lb test monofilament. In even the lightest head wind it zooms up and pings off the top. In dead air it lifts about 1/2 the rubber off the ground at the top.

You can get a 1/2 lb of rubber which is enough to make two highstarts from FAI Model Supply for around $10.

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