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Jul 15, 2004, 02:59 PM
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Trying to build my first wing... built up FFF?

I've only built one balsa wing... that was an gentle lady about 20 years ago.. and I don't remember a thing. I don't have any balsa handy. Is it possible to build a wing from carbon and fan fold? I've tried solite on the fff and it seems like it would stick well enough. I'm out to build a wing for my SS. Going to be a 11.75" chord and around a 55" wingspan. Airfoil is a chen high lift. The wing in the cad drawing I was working on is a bit big at 3' (72" wingspan), but I wanted to see how the spacing looked on the formers. I have them 4" apart.
Am I going to be wasting a lot of effort??
Thanks for any help.
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Jul 15, 2004, 03:06 PM
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Doesn't look like it...

I think it should make for an awesome wing. Looks good too.

Covering may be tricky, but you say it holds well.

Jul 16, 2004, 03:50 PM
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Thanks Speed.
Anyone tried building from foam?
Jul 16, 2004, 04:53 PM
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There are things like that over on the foamie forum.

I'd have thought it would be stiffer if you did it more like 'conventional' balsa construction with a full length (carbon?) spar at the top and bottom of the wing and some foam webs in between.

If you didn't want to use a carbon spar you could use foam lying flat (like the rear spar in your picture) - ultimately you could sheet the front of the wing down to the LE.

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