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Old Jan 07, 2007, 06:01 AM
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rib tapes or no rib tapes on a slab fuse

Does anyone know if on a slabsided tube fuselage are rib tapes used ie... Tiger moth / cub ??

cheers Rossco
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Old Jan 07, 2007, 03:44 PM
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Not usually , but I'm sure there are exceptions.
Typical places to find taping on fuselages would be where control cables exit, lifting handles go through etc
Rib taping and doublers are normally found where extra strength or wear resistance is needed. On wings they are used to reinforce and waterproof the stitched areas.

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Old Jan 07, 2007, 08:02 PM
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GeeW is right, reinforcing tape is found over the rib caps, and go under the rib stitching to prevent the fabric from pulling through the stitches. However, pinked edged tape ("rib tape"?) is used anywhere the fabric comes into contact with underlying structure, such as fuselage side stringers, and around all edges.
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Old Jan 08, 2007, 01:41 AM
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ahhhh thanks, all for your sound advice, the dilema I am having is with the 1-30 I am building, now as I understand the fuse was a rag an tube jobbie where mine is solid balsa sides with a ply turtle deck (the real one was alli) so to break up that expance of "slab" I was going to add the look of structure with rib tapes. I have had a look at the restoration of a 1-26 B and this gent has added pinking tape along the stringers and in access of structural areas...
.....it also hides a mirriad of sins.....but I'm not going to tell you which ones!!
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