Any ideas for a truck cradle?

Good Evening. I am wondering if someone out there has any ideas for a
model airplane cradle? I am looking to either buy or build a cradle
that can hold two planes (separate wings and fuselages) in the back of
my open-bed pickup. I need something that won't move around in the bed,
and will keep the planes from flying off my truck during transport
to/from my field. Any ideas, suggestions, or links would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Harry Sanchez
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Harry Sanchez
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Most people use two 2x4s with holes drilled for 3/4" dowels joined with 1x2s. Cover the dowels with pipe insulation. Put the plane in and then place rubber bands on top to hold the plane in.
Morris
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Morris Lee
This is what I've seen. It worked well, feller had 5 or 6 planes with him that day! mk
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MK
I have built some nice cradles for aircraft transport , boat starting stands and starting cradles for use at the field using 3/4" PVC and pipe insulation. Makes a very strong and lightweight stand.
Ken Day
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Ken Day
Anybody have a pic of that somewhere so I can get an idea what it looks like?
Thanks!
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Sny
I used some 1 inch PVC pipe and a couple of closet rod holders in the back of my pickup. Easy to install and remoce and lightweight. For hold-downs, I fastened some velcro, alternating hook and loop strips so I can hold down planes of various sizes. Typically I can fit a fuse and 2 wings on the rack, and place the additional fuse in the bed of the truck under the wings and such without worrying about them flying out on the road.
Good luck!
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J McKernan
Really a covered bed works best, but you can buy a SUV or Van. But back when I had a S-10 Pickup I used weighted Socks, thats right, socks, put sand in a Bread Bag and tie, put bag of sand in a sock, this is great for laying across the tail end, just in front of the stabs, to hold the fuselage down, and keeping it from moving around. This is good only if the Fuse has the wheels on it, rather than in the wing. This will hold down a complete airplane with the wings on even at 65 mph, I have done 70 before, and the planes sat steady going down the hiway. But it's advisiable to stay under 60 mph. I can send you a plan and pics of the Fuse and Wing holder I have made from 1 X 2's and pipe insulation , just send me your email address.
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Flying Fokker

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