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MOC Glider Launching Winch


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#1 greg3

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

Hi
I recently got set 4442 (the airline exclusive glider) and thought it needed some way of getting "airborne". I decided against a towplane and instead had a quick Google for winches. I eventually settled on this design (it's actually not a launching winch - it's used to pull a launch cable back into position for the next glider but  I had the parts in appropriate colours and it looked more in scale than my attempts to make a true launching winch.)

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http://www.skylaunch...om/retrieve.php

Side view
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It has a functioning winch (rotating the white radar dish on the side retracts the "cable" (admittedly not very fast!!)

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The winch can be towed by a car.

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Ready for take off!!

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Had to make a slight MOD to the glider (added wheels, a tail skid and an attachment point for the cable.)

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Comments are always welcome.
Thanks for looking.

#2 lightningtiger

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

Interesting and very original MOC.....I don't think I've ever seen one in the flesh, but your Lego one is quite a good build......Brick On Glide On 'greg3' ! :classic:

#3 LEGO Guy Bri

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:56 PM

Clever MOC greg3. I had no clue this was a way to get these thing airborne. I thought they were always towed. I may have to borrow this concept.  :classic:
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#4 Hoexbroe

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:41 PM

Good idea! Nicely done.
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#5 paul_delahaye

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

You would not want to be the lego operator if the glider did not get airborne :-)

#6 tomdobs55

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:23 AM

Very interesting moc "Greg3". Never seen anything like it but it looks very functional and can definitely see it in a layout that includes a small airfield.
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