Complete hanging storage and display solution for your aircraft. Use to hang your completely assembled aircraft out of harm's way! Utilize wasted space in your garage over the hood of your parked car. Use over other stationary equipment in ceiling height-challenged spaces. Any place you're not routinely walking or high ceiling spaces become a storage opportunity! Easy to insert or remove your airplane quickly! Originally designed for display of models in our will-call showroom. Laser cut from rugged 3/8" Baltic Birch plywood.
Every Hanger needs a Header (the horzontal piece at the top). A set of First Arms is required to connect to your header. This forms the basic rack with one storage level where the top aircraft is stored. After the first arms you may add as may Accessory Arms as you like as long as 50 pounds is not exceeded in total model weight for the rack.
Each header is equipped with a screw hole in case you want to screw to a beam in your garage/workshop and a 1" hole to accept a rope or wire hook connection, even a pipe across two beams may pass through this hole as a hanging method. Make certain that which ever method you use to hang your models that it's substantial enough for the weight you intend to place on the rack. Substantial means at 2-3x the strength of what you expect to hang from it. DO NOT use this product as a ladder or in any way to support persons. On the bottom of every arm is a dove-tail joint to accept the next arm. The bottom of your rack will always be the last arm. Each First Arm Set comes with 2 filler pieces for the last empty dovetail joint at the bottom of your rack for a nice clean finished look.
As you can see, we reverse each arm so that the tails of each aircraft do not interfere with the one above or below it. this is recommended but not required. You may set it up all or some facing one way if you like.
Your rack may be stained prior to assembly as ours was. 4-40 fasteners are used to prevent the joints from slipping apart. You may glue the joint together or not if you wish. We did not so we can easily reconfigure our setup any time we want.
Tips for choosing Header size: The header sets the inside width of your rack. If you need to put an airplane with fuse mounted landing gear in all but the bottom arm set, the rack needs to be wide enough to allow the wheels to fit between the arms. Wing mounted gear will fit around the hangers, and of course any width gear will fit on the bottom hanger. Sailplanes use the 12" width in most cases (except for very large sailplanes), models with landing gear work better with the 16" or 20" with header.
Tips for choosing Arm size: Choose an arm that is wide enough for your wing to rest on the arm surface. 12" and 16" are available. Choose enough drop to clear the fuse of the model or the landing gear of the model above. The height is measured from arm wing saddle to arm wing saddle. So, if a model with landing gear is to be stored above another model, room needs to be allowed for the gear to hang down and not hit the wing or fuse of the model below. Self adhesive foam tape or the loop side of Velcro may be added to the arms wing surface to avoid any scratch risk if you like.
This item listing is the header only, examples with aircraft show are photo's by by Michael Pilla. He used this header as part of his custom storage solution. Notice the pulleys and cleats on the garage wall for easy elevator service. Nice Job Micheal!