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Old Sep 20, 2011, 07:01 PM
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Hinging a Higgins

I just had to ask - I have a CA Sloper sitting in the shop, and I know the hinges are the weak link... I set it up like an inland sloper with heavy plastic tape, but I assume that's not the real answer - which is...?

I keep saying I'm going to sell it, but I can't let it go - some day it will find a wind and a slope to suit it....

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Old Sep 20, 2011, 07:29 PM
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Probably silicone or goop hinges. Nothing wrong with good quality tape hinges, really. I use 3M Blenderm on my ships and it has held up fine to mild DS speeds.
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Old Sep 20, 2011, 07:31 PM
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You really serious about the tape, if properly done never comes of in flight IMO.

some day it will find a wind
Winds over 30mph aren't so rare here (but possibly in your area?).

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Old Sep 20, 2011, 07:55 PM
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Use 5200 fast cure marine adhesive, thin bead and it will hold up long after you plant that plane into the ground, i have tested it many times. Ian
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Old Sep 20, 2011, 10:39 PM
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I went the cheap route and just used house hold silicone on my r10, came out perfect and it held up really firm at 148mph...... I couldn't find the fast cure so I had to improvise.

Nice lookin Cali sloper by the way
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Old Sep 20, 2011, 11:59 PM
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I used tape hinges on my Higgins Alias for about ten years. On my new Rodent I'll go with E-6000 for the hinges *after* I've properly closed out the subtrailing edge.

I used E6000 on my Baby Jart and it's held up great.
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Old Sep 21, 2011, 12:49 PM
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Thanks for the feedback (and nice words about the ship) ... I only get a day or 2 a year that would support flying it, don't want to ruin that day with a bad setup.

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