|Jun 06, 2014, 05:38 PM|
Canada, ON, Delhi
Joined Aug 2012
Speaking of epoxy................there were some references to the strength of the landing gear plate a few pages back.
After about two dozen "normal" landings the landing gear plate on my 70 inch Revolver popped loose during a landing. Clean break. No serious damage. Tore the white Monokote a bit around the plate.
Examining the glue-bearing surfaces around the plate, I was surprised how little glue there is. There are two lengths of 3/8 tri stock under the front and back of the plate glued to the plate, firewall and F1. That is the only glue. There are tongues on the front and back of the plate fitting into slots in the firewall and F1. No glue in these slots. Also no glue between the plate edges and the firewall and F1. If there was glue in these areas the plate would probably not have popped out.
The narrow sides of the plate butt against soft balsa so no solid glue surface there.
Am rebuilding and applying epoxy six ways from Sunday to all edges, slots, tongues and replaced the 3/8 tri stock with 1/2 tri. The plate popped back into place no problem. Don`t have white Monokote so will use white SolarTex to recover the area. Sitting on the ground or 200 feet in the air no one will notice.
I saw a previous reference about going through the slots in the battery/tank tray and applying epoxy to all the nooks and crannies around the plate. Doing this would get glue into the the tongue slots and plate edges.Would strongly recommend this to any new purchaser of the Revolver.
Saw previous posts about no problem with the landing gear. Maybe these flyers have Revolvers from different production runs where more glue was applied around the plate.
|Jun 06, 2014, 06:35 PM|
I floated epoxy in the landing gear area of mine per this thread, and it has held up perfectly. My first few landings were pretty rough before I figured out how to land this plane, without the extra hold I'm sure mine would have folded.
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