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12-19-2003 03:54 AM  13 years agoPost 1
greg

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One of the best purchases I have made. A huge time saver.


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12-19-2003 05:20 AM  13 years agoPost 2
dheppner

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Who sells those cases ?

Dale

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12-19-2003 05:22 AM  13 years agoPost 3
greg

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Miniature Aircraft

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12-19-2003 03:35 PM  13 years agoPost 4
sbalder

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I've outgrown my flight box setup yet again and am making it a winter project to build one that will work for ALL of my gear.

What I have in mind is to get a tall ATA-style case, like the tx cases that come with a 9z or Jr PCM10 radio, and mount a technician tool pallet on the inside lid. You see copy repairmen and other types of technicians with these neat organizers in their "briefcase" tool kits. This should be just perfect for my most common heli tools. When I lift up the lid, everything will be neatly displayed like the custom Miniature kit at the top of this post. I'll have a lift-out tray for larger items, and below that will be foam dividers that fit my fuel jug, radio, starter, plus a lot of other room to expand.

The cost of this won't be cheap- I figure $3-400. Still, when I finish I'll have everything I need to fly in one custome container that could also be air-shipped or taken as carry-on luggage.

-Steven Balder

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12-19-2003 06:57 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Steve Campbell

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Steven,

The Empire (under the Hobbico label) used to sell exactly what you describe. While it wasn't the quality of a Zero-Halliburton, it was a decent offering at a reasonable price; around $60-70, as I recall.

The problem was weight. It was a definite hernia-maker, and while I usually left it in the Explorer (I fueled the machines out of the back gate), the few times I had to hump it to a pit area convinced me to split the load up.

After trying literally dozens of ideas regarding flight boxes, etc., I have settled on a tx case (the good one that came with the 9Z), a DuBro fuel jug with attached MK self-contained electric pump, and a gear bag that holds everything else; starter, tools (carried in two separate flat plastic worm boxes), extra goodies, clean-up stuff, radio manual, log book, etc., etc.

A popular concept around here is the multi-tiered plastic tool box on wheels. But you still risk a rupture lifting that heavy sucker into your vehicle, and you still end up with several different containers in different places. Pointing this out greatly annoys the guys who have bought into the concept, but truth is truth...

After many years of looking for the "ideal flight box", I am convinced that such simply does not exist.

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12-19-2003 07:10 PM  13 years agoPost 6
capebob

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After many years of looking for the "ideal flight box", I am convinced that such simply does not exist.
As in the Bud ads: TRUE

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Churchill

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01-10-2004 01:33 PM  13 years agoPost 7
ken_d

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got a link for that box?

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01-10-2004 02:48 PM  13 years agoPost 8
greg

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http://www.x-cellrchelicopters.com/...asp?prod=2953-1

I added the helicopter decal. The case comes in all black.

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01-10-2004 05:46 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Kino

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Navan, Ireland

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Out of interest and the belief that anything is possible.
What would you expect of the perfect feild box.

Why do we fear change, one of the two certainty's in life

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01-10-2004 05:51 PM  13 years agoPost 10
Sar

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Saugeties, NY

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A briefcase with a hole to another dimension. When you actually carry it, there is minimal weight, but it holds you helicopter, batteries, starters, laptop, maybe your wife, etc. Is that too much to ask?

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Jon

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