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Old Dec 08, 2012, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by polix View Post
need some advice on reinforcing the flaps and ailerons.

I hate these pressed moulds with no reinforcement, and eventually these are going to rip off.

I have a ton of glass cloth here (a result of one of my drunken ordering sprees i imagine), and i had great success using it to reinforce my icon a5 using CA.

Thoughts on using strips of glass cloth dipped into the recesses with an inch before & after the flaps / ailerons? I know it would hold, i'm just looking for a long term strong solution.
I had some control surfaces that were starting to separate on my HK 2M Minimoa when it was brand new. I used canopy glue (J & Z Super RCZ56) on the separations. There has never been a problem with those surfaces since. The glue is as flexible as the foam or more so and it sticks to that foam as well as anything I have ever tried. It is a bit hard to see, but there is an highly reflective area along the obvious separation in this photo (zoom in). That is the glue. It could be used all along the length of the hinge I suppose. Keep it thin though or it might stiffen the hinge a bit. But not any more than reenforced packing tape I would bet. And it will stay clean forever instead of starting to look grubby as the packing tape, or even more so, hinge tape, often does. It's good stuff!
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