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02-22-2010 06:53 PM  10 years ago
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My best... and last flight box.
I have used the standard flight box for years, and cursed everytime I need to get something out that small, narrow drawer. So I set out to design one that would hold everything I need, and in an easy to reach place. So I journeyed to my local home improvement store and started my search. I found several that were either too big or bulky, or too tiny. Then I turned the corner and found this

I opened it up and started thinking of the possibilties.

So I bought one and starting planning the layout. I added a plywood floor to level out the bottom.

I had already planned to use 2 12v garden batteries, wired together for both 12v and 24v, if needed. I have it done up for 12v only right now, but I will add the 24v in the future.

I can fit two fuel bottles on the opposite side to help balance the load, and to feed the fuel pump.

The handle pulls out to facilitate using the wheels and I am making a plywood plate to go over the arms to hold my helicopter for fueling or between flight inspections.

And finally, I am making a padded radio box that will hold my X9303 safely and securely.

So there you have it, my latest incarnation to hold all my stuff....

Let me know what you think
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02-24-2010 11:08 AM  10 years ago
Paul Woodcock

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Hi bharkin

It will be your last..... if you ever try to lift it into the car.....heart failure, back ache, etc, etc

Regards
Paul

PS: just kidding, looks cool
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02-24-2010 11:36 AM  10 years ago
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Thanks Paul, actually it's not too bad. It's only a little heavier than I'm used to lugging around in 2 or 3 trips to the Yukon. Now it's only one trip. It's just nice having it all there in one place and not having to dig through a bunch of stuff to find a nut driver.Paramedic
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02-24-2010 12:07 PM  10 years ago
Encoder

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Hi Bharkin,

I'm new to this so please forgive my ignorance. Are garden tractor batteries the norm? And won't you have problems with the battery acid leaking if using the wheels or by chance tipping them over?
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02-24-2010 12:12 PM  10 years ago
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It's what I have always used, so I haven't had any problems. I made a tray to hold the batteries in place, and the lid with the power panel covers that area. I'm using two batteries so that I can charge my future electric helis, planes, etc.

I am also looking at putting charge plugs on the outside to facilitate charging the batteries.
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02-24-2010 04:43 PM  10 years ago
chopper_crazy

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Nice work. Looks like you put a lot of time into it.It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!
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02-25-2010 01:15 AM  10 years ago
Brokenwing II

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That is the exact same box my wife got me for Christmas 2 years ago. Love it!!!
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02-25-2010 01:56 AM  10 years ago
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well share some pics of yours!Paramedic
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02-27-2010 07:32 PM  10 years ago
dlflyer

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Man I would have to bring my wife to the field to lift it for me.We have a Great country Because we have Great People
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02-27-2010 07:37 PM  10 years ago
dlflyer

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Sorry, It's a great box. I guess I'm just getting old and I know batteries are heavy. Good JOB!!We have a Great country Because we have Great People
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