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Nov 10, 2007, 12:53 AM
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How do I make a tight z-bend?

My latest Arrow is almost ready to go. I just have to make the aileron linkages. After putting together a dozen or so DLG's I have learned many tricks and have come to obsess about tight slop free linkages.
I still have yet to make an aileron linkage with zero slop. I want to make some really tight z-bends but havn't been able to figure out a way to make the center length of the Z small enough. I want 2 sharp 90 degree bends with only 1-2 mm in between. Does anyone know a good way to bend such small Z bends?
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Nov 10, 2007, 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by mauiguy99
I want to make some really tight z-bends but havn't been able to figure out a way to make the center length of the Z small enough.
Could not get slop free Z-Bends either. A "secured" L-Bend works better for me.

Nov 10, 2007, 04:18 AM
Newbie but not too new!!
Z-Bend Pliars?
Nov 10, 2007, 10:06 AM
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If the pushrod is metal, you can put a tiny drop of medium/thick CA on the control horn hole after the pushrod is inserted. After the CA cures (maybe use a tiny bit of accelerator), move the pushrod to break it free from the CA. Linkage should be slop-free.
Note that this will make it very difficult to remove the pushrod.
Don't do this with a carbon pushrod, or any other material that the CA will stick to.

Because of the geometry (cross-section of 90 degree bend is wider than cross-section of straight wire), it's nearly impossible to make a Z-bend that is both removeable and slop-free.
Nov 10, 2007, 10:55 AM
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Matthias, I like you system. what are you using to bend the wire?
Nov 10, 2007, 11:14 AM
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Just normal (narrow) pliers.

Nov 10, 2007, 11:46 AM
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another option

this is what I have been doing and really simple.

bend your L bend on one side
slide a piece of small heat shrink about that is about full length
1/4" from each end
bend your control arm side L bend
then slide a piece of 1mm carbon through the heat shrink
Ca on drip so it runs down the heat shrink inside against the wires
Nov 10, 2007, 05:39 PM
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Don't use Z bends. Just do the 90 bend and add a small piece of the pushrod tubing on the outside with a drop of CA. Zero slop and cleaner set up.

Nov 10, 2007, 06:13 PM
Jesper Frickmann
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You can also use this or that.
Nov 10, 2007, 07:40 PM
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What Matthias or Dave said. I use both/either.

If use use the L bend with a tube keeper, then be certain to point the L bend to the outside of your launch, so that if you loose the tube, the L bend might stay in.

Z bends aren't slop free.
Nov 10, 2007, 09:46 PM
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Dave F., how do you get the perfect length? Even with extremely careful measurement, it seems like you might end up slightly off with the bends and then you'd have to offset the servo arm a bit to compensate.

Nov 11, 2007, 07:49 AM
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It's not as hard as it looks, plus you have a little adjustment available with the angle at the end of the long straight part. Wire is cheap ,they're quick to make, and with a little practice you'll get it. This method was from the Encore build instructions.
Nov 11, 2007, 08:49 AM
Looking for lift...

What size wire are you using?


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