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Old Jun 05, 2014, 06:49 PM
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Alignment issue

Does anyone have experience with bending or straightening a single piece elevator that is warped? I don't know that this will affect the plane that much but it is really annoying and bothers me to look at it.
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Old Jun 06, 2014, 06:08 AM
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Try using a heat gun. Clamp elevator so it is neutral. Use two tongue depressors held by rubber bands for this. Now twist the left elevator up, so the counterbalance is opposite the way you show it in the second picture. Apply heat for ten seconds, hold elevator position until cool. On release, see if the warp is corrected. If not, repeat heat, but for maybe a minute.

This will be tricky, because you have to keep heat away from the horizontal stabilizer.

Jim R.
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Old Jun 06, 2014, 06:48 AM
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Try using a heat gun. Clamp elevator so it is neutral. Use two tongue depressors held by rubber bands for this. Now twist the left elevator up, so the counterbalance is opposite the way you show it in the second picture. Apply heat for ten seconds, hold elevator position until cool. On release, see if the warp is corrected. If not, repeat heat, but for maybe a minute.

This will be tricky, because you have to keep heat away from the horizontal stabilizer.

Jim R.
Thank you. I will give it a try.
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