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Chkalovsky Aviation Plant

Front View Rear View
Front View Rear View
Side View Open for Rigging
Side View Open for Rigging

Technical Details

I acquired this rack from Artyom Babin (Артём Бабин) in 2021.

This rack is 223 mm. tall, 64 mm. wide, 21 mm. thick, and weighs 382 g. The frame is made from 7.2 mm. steel bent into a U, with an internal width of 23 mm. There are four 22 mm. diameter hollow steel brake bars, one of which is a hyperbar. The standard bars are 44 mm. long and the hyperbar is 64 mm. long. Allowing 35 mm. for the rope leaves 68 mm. for spreading the bars. The stainless steel tubular posts are threaded in place. The tops of the posts are crimped into keyways milled into the frame so that the posts cannot unscrew.

There are no markings on this rack.


This is a well-made rack from the the Chkalovsky Aviation Plant in Novosibirsk. What I like most are the posts at the top. They are long enough to allow running the rope over the top of the rack for tying off, and they have no sharp edges.

The rack and bars are steel. The finish will help prevent rusting, but I can expect some minor rusting where it is scratched off.

The down-pointing hyperbar is useless except for tying off, and even then it is unnecessary. Worse, the gap between the end of the lower bar and the post on the hyperbar is only 10.5 mm, but an 11 mm. rope can fit if inserted at an angle.