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Has anybody used the FMS display stand?

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  • Has anybody used the FMS display stand?

    Just curious if anybody has tried these. It says theyd support up to 50KG but look like theyd be lucky to support 5.

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    • #3
      Looks like you could make one with parts from an ironing board.
      Currently flying: Twin 80mm A-10, 80mm F5, 80mm A6, 70mm Yak-130, 70mm F-16v2,90mm Stinger 90, 70mmRC Lander F9F, Flightline F7F TigerCat, Phoenix 46 size Tucano, Flyzone L-39
      Out of Service: 80mm Mig-21,64mm F-35, 64mm F/A-18
      I Want: 80mm A-4, twin 80mm F4J Phantom


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        Originally posted by Patrnflyr View Post

        Just curious if anybody has tried these. It says theyd support up to 50KG but look like theyd be lucky to support 5.
        It fully supports this guy's weight and I'll bet he weighs at least 100 pounds. Exactly how heavy of a model do you want to support?


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          Here is my observation on some of the stands I own (FMS V1 and HSD stand), as well as my thoughts on the FMS V2 stand that I do not own:

          I own the HSD aluminum anodized stand (not sure how many variations of this stand there are, but there are some) that have the locking teeth in the center pivot point, as well as own the FMS V1 steel (I think its steel) stand that adjusts via a squeeze handle under one of the cradles. The HSD stand is very lightweight being aluminum and seems to have plenty of strength to hold the models I own, but I dislike the plastic cradles the plane sits on. The plastic cradles of my HSD stand just rest on the aluminum stand without locking to the frame to keep the cradles secure, whereas the FMS V2 stand does look to have the cradles secured to the frame and they also look to be made of metal and not plastic. My HSD stand has a round tube frame, whereas the FMS V2 has flat portion of the inner frame, which may (or may not) help store the stand in a smaller footprint when collapsed, but I have yet to try a FMS V2 stand. My FMS V1 stand has a square frame design that looks to be made of steel, and therefore could be subject to rusting, and is much heavier than the HSD stand. My FMS V1 stand has a larger footprint, but seems a bit more sturdy to me when my models are on it (could be because of the width of the legs and the thick rubber grips on the legs). The FMS V1 has cradles that also secure to frame because the cradles are part of the frame since they are welded on, which may be a benefit for security, but cannot be removed if a person would want to do so. The squeeze handle design of the FMS V1 allows for quick and easy adjustments to stand height. However, I must also be careful to ensure the stand is locked before using it, and I visually check that. Im not sure how reliable and durable the squeeze handle design will be, as it looks to be performed with a cable (not sure) that is run inside to the center locking mechanism, and I dislike the heavy design and material used. With the new FMS V2 stand, the adjustment is done at the center pivot point (no squeeze handle like the FMS V1) like the HSD stand, which may take a bit longer, and require a bit more effort, but it is easy to see and know that its locked/secured. The FMS V2 being aluminum is great for being lightweight, the locking mechanism seems sturdy (once again Ive never owned a V2, at least not yet), the flat portion of the inner frame seems fantastic to potentially reduce the footprint once the stand is collapsed and stored, the cradles secure to the frame and therefore can be removable, and the cradles seems to have nice curvature that would suffice for many planes.

          Id like to try a FMS V2 stand to see if it would be worth it for me to get rid of my other stands and purchasing the FMS V2.