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09-15-2007 10:42 PM  10 years agoPost 1
lrogers

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A while back, someone started a thread about transporting helos in a truck. The pictures got me thinking (always dangerous). I put a cap on the back of my Frontier and started building a rack to carry the four current helos (room for more) and my large flight box.

The rack was made almost entirely from leftovers from other projects. It's sized to fit between the wheel wells of the bed and can not move once the tail gate is shut. The upper rack comes off for easier loading/clearance of the lower slide out rack.

I took most of the pictures with the rack on the work bench since it was easier to get clear pictures. No more worries about getting caught in an afternoon thunder storm on the way to/from the field!

The helos are secured to the rack using bungie cords. Very quick and secure!

Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot

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09-16-2007 01:26 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Pistol Pete

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sweeeet....

noticed holes on your "woodworking" bench...downdraft sanding table?

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09-16-2007 02:33 AM  10 years agoPost 3
lrogers

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GOOD EYES! It is in deed a down draft sanding table. It didn't see much use on this project, but has sucked down a lot of dust on others.

Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot

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09-16-2007 03:06 AM  10 years agoPost 4
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Nicely done. I'm envious. Slide the whole thing out and you've got your truck back too.

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09-16-2007 03:14 AM  10 years agoPost 5
Pistol Pete

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GOOD EYES! It is in deed a down draft sanding table.
homemade?

have one too! avid woodworker here as well!

yeah...they suck!!!

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09-16-2007 04:13 AM  10 years agoPost 6
wlouigene

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Now that is nice

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09-16-2007 04:26 AM  10 years agoPost 7
nojohnny101

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hey
shows you us heli pilots of the cream of the crop and can think for ourselves...

well done...very creative and resourceful...

thanks for sharing

Thanks
~Will-i-am~

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09-16-2007 05:42 AM  10 years agoPost 8
loewermx

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Very, Very nice! I started one of the threads about transporting them in the back of my truck. Awesome solution that you have come up with.

Now, if I could just get over the fact that the caps are about $1500 I will be OK. Man, I did not think they were that expensive. I am considering just getting an enclosed trailer for just a bit more $$$$

Cajun Aircraft

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09-16-2007 04:06 PM  10 years agoPost 9
lrogers

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PISTOL PETE,
Yep, home made. It is part of a highly modified ULTIMATE TOOL STAND that was featured a few years ago in one of the wood workers magazines. The whole thing has seen a LOT of use since I built it.

loewermix
Yeah, the caps are expensive. The one for my Frontier was almost $1200! I was looking hard at that new Chevy HHR Panel, but decided that $1200 was easier to sell to the household CFO than $22k! It also helped that I just bought her a new mini-van and just happened to mention how nice it would be for hauling the helos on the weekend! That statement got the cap ordered that afternoon!!!!!

The rack is lighter than it looks so it can come out of the truck if needed and can be easily modified as the the transport needs change.

This was the first time in my wood working carear that I started a project without a sketch or rough drawing. It was just an "idea" that changed and evolved as it went. I actually had a pretty good time working/thinking through the problems and design changes.

Next project is to design a flight box that is lighter/smaller than the current beast, but will still hold everything it does.

Larry Rogers - R/C Helicopter Pilot

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09-16-2007 06:38 PM  10 years agoPost 10
Pistol Pete

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This was the first time in my wood working carear that I started a project without a sketch or rough drawing. It was just an "idea" that changed and evolved as it went. I actually had a pretty good time working/thinking through the problems and design changes.
those usually are the projects we appreciate the most

necessity...the mother of inventions

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