Thread: Discussion How do I clamp a torn fuselage?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 01:01 AM
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How do I clamp a torn fuselage?

Hey, I'm wondering if there isn't a better way to do this.

We all know what happens when EPO aircraft hit the ground a little too hard. Fuselages can rip and break.

How does one best repair a crack or tear about the circumference of the fuselage (as opposed to along the length), especially if it is a partial crack and not fully broken all the way around?

I use 30 minute epoxy because I find that CA eventually comes loose, hot glue sets to quickly, and I've never had an epoxy repair break in the same place. I use the 30 minute because it isn't as brittle and seems to "bite" more than the quick stuff.

How does one clamp a repair like this while it sets? Holding it tight and still until the glue sets up is very annoying and sometimes painful. I cant really see how to clamp it effectively from the front and back, even if I had a big enough clamp, and simply clamping the side doesn't give pressure in the proper direction.

I thought about maybe using bamboo skewers on either side of the crack and bringing them together with clamps or bands to hold the crack shut but then I end up with more holes in my plane and what could be weak points with the potential for starting additional cracks.

ideas?
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