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Old 20-07-2006, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default A pleasant surprise: The iStand

Yesssss...

To be honest, first time I saw the iStand didn't appeal very much to me. It looked very... visible.

But I had one as a kind prize for the pod contest, and placed it in a shelf just in front my computer desk, just above my head level.

And it's really cool! It's a pleasant view to glance up and see an Eagle hoovering just over your head...

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A very good idea, indeed
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Old 20-07-2006, 09:45 PM   #2
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That indeed looks great!
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Old 21-07-2006, 05:28 AM   #3
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That looks great, and that just might be the final point that'll get me to finally buy one or two. But what I really love in your photo are the Tintin covers you've got framed on the wall! I hope those are just copies, and not torn off of the actual books, though. I was thinking of framing (copies of) the covers from the two Tintin books I have, Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon. Not sure where I'd hang them, though... (At least hanging them would take up less room than the various Eagle posters I still don't have wall space for!)
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Old 21-07-2006, 07:23 AM   #4
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I hope those are just copies, and not torn off of the actual books
They are copies, indeed. I'd never dare to torn off the covers of my childhood Tintin books! Anyway, my two kids already took care of them
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Old 26-07-2006, 02:59 AM   #5
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That is a great way to display the eagle; ascending from Moonbase Alpha!

Only thing is, I'd be worried about my cat brushing it while walking on the book case and knocking it over. Then kitty would get thrown into the airlock!
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Old 26-07-2006, 03:34 AM   #6
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Wow, cool, you have an airlock?
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Old 27-07-2006, 12:34 AM   #7
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Wow, cool, you have an airlock?
You mean you don't? I thought everyone had one!
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Old 27-07-2006, 02:24 AM   #8
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Oh! Uh, yeah, I meant to say "Wow, cool, you have an airlock too?"
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Old 28-07-2006, 11:29 PM   #9
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I bought an iSTand on eBay due to this post- can't wait to see what it looks like.
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Old 01-08-2006, 09:24 PM   #10
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I am very curious to hear about the stability of an Eagle on the iStand. I made a query elsewhere as part of a larger post, but no one has responded to it. While I do not have an animal to knock it over, I would have it on my desk and my desk is known to be bumped occasionally (or more than occasionally). I am nervous that the Eagle would fall off and sustain damage since it is not actually attached ito the stand in any way.

Have you or anyone else had enough experience with the stability of this stand to comment on it?
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:57 PM   #11
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I hadn't the slightest stability problem so far...

The thing is very cleverly designed: The own Eagle weight maintains it in place, being supported by four rubber pieces that won't slip.

At this moment I'm shaking the base and the Eagle doesn't fall...
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:18 AM   #12
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On that recommendation, I went ahead and got one. Should hopefully be here sometime around when the Eagle lands.
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BrianS...

How are you getting on with the iStand? It should take a knock or two without the Eagle crashing : )

I've been crash testing the Eagle and iStand for a year and half now and it's definitely a sturdy model safe design. Amazingly I haven't had a single report of a crash... (although I guess there must have been some) even more amazing because instructions were never supplied with the stand describing how to attach the Eagle and a myriad of other models.

I haven't been sitting on my laurels though and have been investigating new designs and widgets that would allow a safe and discreet clamping system for the stand... I still haven't come up with anything better or as flexible as the original design... but I'll keep you posted.

Having said that if you're really worried a simple discreet solution for an even more secure fixture would be to use one of those little shopping bag wire ties in conjuction with the rubber widgets and looped round the top of the stand and through the POD landing feet. This would provide you with a 99% secure fix and allow you to wobble, knock and kick your desk to your hearts content without the eagle crashing off its perch ; )

I designed the stand with Eagle Transporter hovering, flight display and model safety as a priority with the ability to quickly change and re-pose the model to suit different needs. I still think it's does an excellent job for such a simple design...

Happy Hovering

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Old 07-08-2006, 10:22 AM   #14
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Mine arrived this morning....and it does the job just fine. I'm well pleased with it....the only trouble is that one Eagle looks a bit lonely on its own!

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the only trouble is that one Eagle looks a bit lonely on its own!
Well there's an obvious solution to that....

Hmmmm... eagle formation flying, there's a thought

I'd just like to add my comment, the iStand is very robust and does offer the advantage of letting you put your eagle in various attitudes; if you get bored with looking at it from one angle you can have it climbing, banking, decend, pretty much everything apart from loop the loop really!
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Old 07-08-2006, 06:20 PM   #16
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This widget sounds great, is there a website to go to buy one or is ebay the only option?? Haven't had much luck surfing around the web... Help? :/
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Old 07-08-2006, 06:41 PM   #17
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Welcome on board, cricket.

http://www.eagle-istand.com/

or search for "iStand" on eBay.
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Old 07-08-2006, 08:54 PM   #18
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Thanks much... iStand ordered.
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Default Re: Stability

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BrianS...

How are you getting on with the iStand?
Woo hoo! I just got my Eagle this evening! And coincidentally I also got my iStand as well. I definitely see how it is sturdy - especially if one uses one or two particular angles. You definitely have a good product there.

Just to show off my first baby, here are a couple shots:



Of course it won't be hovering right in front of my computer. It will actually be just off to the right of it. But it looked better for my shots right in front there.

I am just tickled pink - and am now just waiting for my Eagle Nut t-shirt to complete things (until the gift set comes out of course - heh).
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Old 16-08-2006, 08:02 PM   #20
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My iStands arrived today. Impressive customer service, really nice product. I've got my PE transporter swooping over my POWYS book collection and it looks solid and stable. I actually bought two, and I am looking forward to the eventual arrival of the PE gift set and the start of my Eagle fleet. Well worth it.
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