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Jul 02, 2005, 09:57 AM
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Tail boom slotting and push rods

Have a Bobolink and need advice about slotting the tail boom for the vertical stabilizer.

Safety? Tools? Surface preparation? Reinforcement after slotting? And while I'm at it... what about putting the the pushrods on the outside of the boom?
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Jul 02, 2005, 10:42 AM
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Hi, Anywhere you make an opening in the CF Boom you weaken it...if you do wrap some nylon or thread around the boom just in front of and back of the openning and glue it with ca...you can take real fine sandpaper 320 and up and just break the glaze then wrap it and glue it....running the push rod sheaths down the boom on the outside is better as you don't have to cut the boom....just warp it every 3 inches or so with nylon thread and glue it with CA ....

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Jul 03, 2005, 03:53 PM
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I would recommend you do not slot the boom for the fin. Instead, cut two slots in the fin so that it can slot in to the boom. This way you do not weaken the boom and it is easier to get it vertcal IMO.

If you use bondable teflon outer tubing for your pushrods (and I think you should) then you should not wrap with nylon thread as you will crush the tube and add drag to the pushrod. It bonds very well with CA though.

Jul 03, 2005, 04:48 PM
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what source do you use for teflon tubes.


Jul 03, 2005, 05:33 PM
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Well. I live in the UK and get from http://dlg-supplies.co.uk/

I think you can get it form here http://www.tailboom.com/teflon.php in the States.

Jul 07, 2005, 01:10 PM
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I appreciate all the ideas. I'll probably slot the boom although the slotless method is intriguing. The Bobolink boom is tapered and that makes me concerned that the stabilizer inside the boom will not bond as securely. Although the pushrod tubes are less attractive on the outside of the boom it seems like they can be attached more effectively reducing flex.

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