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Old Nov 24, 2012, 11:31 AM
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Aileron hinging

I use a "S" type hinge for my ailerons. Here is what I do:
first I make 12 small strips of strapping tape
http://imageshack.us/a/img443/8462/img0591f.jpg
then i over lap 2 strips 1/4" and stick together sticky side to sticky side
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then i tape one to the bottom of the wing and one to the top right next to each other, I do this at 3 spots on each aileron
http://imageshack.us/a/img38/3371/img0593h.jpg
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lastly I set the aileron inbetween and press the tape down
http://imageshack.us/a/img266/6161/img0596ls.jpg
and there you have a nice never come loose aileron hinge!

now how do you do your hinges?
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 04:03 PM
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I use basically the same technique. I don't put all the tape on the wing and have to fuss with sliding the the aileron in bewteen the "fingers."


Masking tape was used for illustration only!!! Use Bi-Directional Tape or Regular Strapping Tape. I personally use 1.5 inch Bi-Di for the hinges.

Take 2 pieces and put the sticky sides together overlapping a quarter inch. Each hinge requires two of these. 3 hinges per aileron are recommended. One on each tip of the aileron and one in the middle. 3 hinges are good for SSC, Limited B and Scale 2948. I would go with at least 4 for Open B.

http://www.rccombat.net/gallery/main...2_itemId=11275

Line up the tape so that the overlap will be at the trailing edge. Note one piece on top of wing and the other on top of aileron. Do this for all the hinges on the aileron.

http://www.rccombat.net/gallery/main...2_itemId=11279

Lay aileron upside down on wing and line up the hinges.

http://www.rccombat.net/gallery/main...2_itemId=11282

Fold over all of the pieces of tape onto the aileron.

http://www.rccombat.net/gallery/main...2_itemId=11285

Fold over all of the pieces of tape onto the wing.

http://www.rccombat.net/gallery/main...2_itemId=11288

With the aileron at a 30 degree angle downward, add a strip of tape over the top of each hinge, making sure you keep the aileron tight to the wing. This helps keep it really tight.

http://www.rccombat.net/gallery/main...2_itemId=11291



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Old Nov 24, 2012, 05:25 PM
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Paul,thanks for posting this very important construction tip.

The over-under method is exactly what I use.

Very strong, very tight and zero flutter...............the aileron will fail before the hinge.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 04:01 AM
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This picture is an elevator, not an aileron, but I've come to really like sewn hinges since I learned to do it. Lots of different methods, bu this one is about 3 loops of thread in the over-under fashion.
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They are very limber with zero slop. It's self-gapping as you sew too.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 04:08 AM
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I use basically the same technique. I don't put all the tape on the wing and have to fuss with sliding the the aileron in bewteen the "fingers." ...
One post in 6 years, Midair! I'm glad you finally broke the silence. Welcome to RCG.
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