Cheap large DIY Airgates with high wind stability!

Ok, so hi guys and welcome back. In this article I would like to describe my airgates which I built myself. This is already the third generation of them and since I’m quite happy with them now, I thought that this might also be of interest to you. I will go through all the steps of building them and then of course also show them in action at the end of the article. Please note that for many parts I just used what I had at home and for these I will also suggest other parts which would be an even better fit, if you go shopping for them.

First the feet. Here I simply cut a piece of wood. The piece of wood should be rectangular and quite a bit longer than wide, as you will see in the follow up pictures. The reason for this is that this will make the gates standing more stable and not tilting as easily, even without additional ropes to secure them. In the center here I simply put through a long screw which will act as an anchor in the ground. Below you can also see the other side of the screw, where I cut off the upper part. You don’t need to do that. Simply get some screws which windings go up to the head of the screw and you won’t need to do any cutting here.

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Next I got myself some pipe isolation from the hardware store. Make sure that the inner diameter corresponds to the width of your pool noodles, 6cm in my case. The outer shell of this pipe isolation is about 2cm thick. I got a meter of it for about 4 USD, so these are pretty cheap. These will be the element of the feet where we stick our pool noodles in. You can also use these as a pool noodle connector.

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Next I simply used the pipe isolation as a template to see where I would glue it to the wood. I then used hot glue to glue it to the wood which holds great.

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The final step is to create some wind stability. To achieve this, I simply used some tape around the noodle connectors to which I fixed some rope of appropriate length on each side. The rope is then anchored to the ground using another of my long screws. Of course you can simply use tent pegs here, which would make more sense, but as said above I simply used what I had at home.

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Here you can see the feet stuck into the ground already. Note that the longer side of the wood is pointed towards the entrance & exit of the gate, that itself will already give it some stability against tilting. Using the rope with the tent pegs will make sure that even strong wind cannot tilt these gates.

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Here you can see some action shots of these gates setup on our flying field. The grass was pretty high at that way, so it was good that the gates are so large. It was also pretty windy, but they held up great, thanks to the rope anchors. No issues at all. They are working great.

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The nice thing about these gates is that they are very modular. It is very easy to replace a pool noodle, if necessary. It is also very comfortable to transport, since you can put the feet with the sharp screws in a separate bag, so nothing in your car will get damaged by them during transport.

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Finally, it is also very easy to use the same feet to setup smaller gates with only two noodles, for micro racing or simply if you want to challenge yourself to fly better. In this case, as shown, the noodle connectors with the ropes are not necessary, the feet with the rectangular wood base are enough for wind stability. This is the option which I use when I fly my small brushed copters in the garden.

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And now for the video, which also shows them in action, enjoy!

This concludes this article. Many thanks for reading and I hope that I could inspire you to maybe try something similar :-)


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