After searching in vain for a model hold-down that would keep my model off the ground while I broke in my new engine in clean air, I decided to build my own. I drilled a couple of 1-inch holes centered 10.5 inches from either end of a 28-inch-long 2×6. I drilled the holes at approximately a 10-degree angle from vertical and cut two 15-inch lengths of dowel and epoxied them into the holes. Next, I cut two equal lengths of foam pipe insulation; I glued this foam around the dowels and then trimmed it to fit. Finally, I glued two PVC caps on top of the dowels and pipe insulation for a neat finished look. The 2×6 is 28 inches long because that’s the width of my picnic table. I clamp it to both sides of the table and can tune and break in my new engines without having to kneel.
Submitted by Kevin Schreiner, Johnstown, CO
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