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« on: October 17, 2009, 09:26 PM »

Flies in very low winds.
Does loops.
Sort of like a fighter.
Looks and circles like a bird.
Carries a short tail while doing all this. (Not the long one shown in the photo)

Only circles in one direction.
(Okay, 1 out of 100 times it will circle stubbornly in the other direction)
The leading center-T area is under a lot of stress.
I suggest you plug and glue about 1" of each leading edge spar to beef up the area where mine broke during a not really that hard crash landing on the nose.

Had a really tough time pulling out the leading edge spars last night.
It got easier once the tear started. Oops.

What's the best way to fix this?
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2009, 11:26 PM »

I'd start with the ol' CA-glue repair. Butt up the edges as cleanly as you can on a piece of wide packing tape, lay down a tiny bead of super-glue along the REVERSE side of the join, breathe on it 'til it's cured (or just leave it for a few minutes), and peel off the tape. I've almost always been pleasantly surprised by how well it works.

Some like various fancy CA glues, thicker or thinner or just pricier than the standard stuff. Me, I've done well with the dollar-store stuff. CA moisture-cures, so if you're in a cold place (with dry heated indoor air), a hint of moisture (like breath) should help.

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009, 10:58 AM »

If the CA doesn't work then short of replacing the panel your making it a bit ugly. A small piece of ripstop repair tape or Isignia cloth placed over the tear and that Dacron reinforcement, you will need to stitch it down all around too, maybe even a zig-zag down the center. It looks like it could be kept pretty small so you'll only see it on close inspection, of course you'll see it every time and lament the day you broke it  Embarrassed


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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2009, 11:38 AM »

sorry to see such a tear!!! dang the godfathr knows not his own strength!!!!

knowing how much tension is at that location forget glue....sewing it is the only option...
put a piece of ripstop tape on the back and sew on either side of the tape as well as around the edge of the tape....

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2009, 12:42 PM »

john i have black adhesive backed 2" ripstop nylon should it come to that.

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2009, 01:48 AM »

I've been surprised at the high-stress spots that can be repaired with Crazy Glue, and others on this (and especially the old) forum have been, too.

I'd definitely try it first. If it works, you're laughing; if it doesn't, you've only lost 20 minutes max.

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