How do I clamp a torn fuselage?
Hey, I'm wondering if there isn't a better way to do this.
We all know what happens when EPO aircraft hit the ground a little too hard. Fuselages can rip and break.
How does one best repair a crack or tear about the circumference of the fuselage (as opposed to along the length), especially if it is a partial crack and not fully broken all the way around?
I use 30 minute epoxy because I find that CA eventually comes loose, hot glue sets to quickly, and I've never had an epoxy repair break in the same place. I use the 30 minute because it isn't as brittle and seems to "bite" more than the quick stuff.
How does one clamp a repair like this while it sets? Holding it tight and still until the glue sets up is very annoying and sometimes painful. I cant really see how to clamp it effectively from the front and back, even if I had a big enough clamp, and simply clamping the side doesn't give pressure in the proper direction.
I thought about maybe using bamboo skewers on either side of the crack and bringing them together with clamps or bands to hold the crack shut but then I end up with more holes in my plane and what could be weak points with the potential for starting additional cracks.
|Category||Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Discussion||how do you cover a balsa planked fuselage with ultralite?||FlyBoysRc||Scale Kit/Scratch Built||5||Aug 06, 2012 05:08 PM|
|Question||how do you make fuel line clamp from a piece of fuel line??||nakman8||Engines||6||Mar 18, 2010 07:42 PM|
|How do I use my Craftsman clamp meter #82014?||papasmurf||Power Systems||9||Feb 15, 2010 02:13 AM|
|How do I stop the prop parallel to the fuselage sides?||neonbutterfly||Power Systems||4||Feb 16, 2003 12:28 PM|
|How do you straighten a fuselage on a Edge 540||Parkflyer||Sport Planes||7||May 21, 2002 08:03 PM|