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Feb 18, 2013, 11:41 AM
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Gentle Lady Hinge - which to use - nylon hinge or film covering hinge


Am building a standard Gentle Lady, not powered, ad the plans for the rudder and elevator hinging call for either using film covering as a hinge or a "conventional hinge if preferred". How to choose?
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Feb 18, 2013, 11:59 AM
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Am building a standard Gentle Lady, not powered, ad the plans for the rudder and elevator hinging call for either using film covering as a hinge or a "conventional hinge if preferred". How to choose?
A film hinge is better in my opinion.
Feb 18, 2013, 12:03 PM
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A film hinge is better in my opinion.
OK then webdragon Ill use the film covering hinge then. Helps a lot because I am out of the country and don't have easy access to nylon hinges. Thanks!
Feb 18, 2013, 01:51 PM
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OK then webdragon Ill use the film covering hinge then. Helps a lot because I am out of the country and don't have easy access to nylon hinges. Thanks!
If your worried about it not being strong enough you can use clear packing tape as well.
this is the method i use and so far i've never had one let go.
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1331760&page=4
Feb 18, 2013, 01:52 PM
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Book binding tape or "blenderm" tape also work very well.
Feb 19, 2013, 12:47 AM
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Tape is quick, easy, and durable. I use 3M #190, which Ace Hardware sells. Comes in clear, white, and the primary colors.
Feb 19, 2013, 02:47 PM
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My original GL is still flying 20 years later. Original film hinges still going strong.

Papermache
Feb 20, 2013, 09:52 PM
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Quick tip... If you don't want to use film hinges (personal preference?) look in the nearest FedEx drop box or station and grab a FedEx pack, not a letter, but the pack. It's made of Tyvek and is very durable and thin.
Feb 25, 2013, 03:05 PM
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Built mine in the early 80's. After a rest period of 24 years electrified it 2 years ago. The monokote rudder hinge failed with minor damage, luckily. Had flown well over the years up till then. Replaced it and the elevator hinge with Dubro pin hinges. I liked the monokote hinges better, but did't want to encounter any more repairs. I think the Monokote works well, but needs to be examined often for possible wear or deterioration. I like some of the above ideas as well.

Hope this helps,

Jack
Feb 25, 2013, 03:34 PM
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+1 for 3M #190, but use the clear, it just seems to have better attributes for hinging. I have used this on unlimited ships with great results.

Marc
Mar 01, 2013, 07:53 AM
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If you are concerned about the covering film peeling, you can use a laced hinge method which is very secure.


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