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Old 01-22-2005, 12:46 PM
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Hello,

I have a Flair Miss Dara plane which has had a little crash, my Friend, who was launching it for me, lauched it into the ground.

It is not that baddly damaged, the fibreglass has cracked and needs some repair. I have never repaired fibreglass before and am looking how to do it? I was hoping that I could just put some Epoxy on the inside and outside. Would this be strong enough?

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Old 01-22-2005, 02:05 PM
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Just putting epoxy on the in and outside probably will not be enough. I would lay two layers of 2oz glass over the damaged area on the inside of the fuze. Sand and clean up the crack on the outside as best as possible. You can fill it with Super-Fill, Evercoat, or even spackle. Sand, prime, and repaint.
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Old 01-22-2005, 02:16 PM
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Thank mate,

I sort of knew that I would have to do that, but just hoped more than anything else.

Thanks for the quick responce, I'll get it to fly again soon.
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Here is my Miss Dara I USED to have set up for sport flying. I can not imagine hand launching this 5 1/2 lb plane. I do not remember any flying days that did not require repairs. Good luck on fixing yours.
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Thats a beauty Mike! Wow I have to add that to my list of future airplanes along with a Miss L.A. --- (Is it rare?)

I agree with Daven, 2 oz. is purty thick but then you can sand and finish it smooth- I still use Z-Poxy but you can thin out some epoxy with rubbing alcohol and you will be ready to rock!

Keep us posted!
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That's a very nice looking Dara, what engine did you have it that plane?
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Hi Folks
The picture above is not a Flair Dara. The Flair model was designed for Club 20 racing and they were all hand launched. If I recall the fusilage is made from polyester so when you repair with cloth whatever you do make sure that you use polyester resin NOT epoxy or it will not take.

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The Formula 1 Miss Dara has not been made since the early 80's so finding one would be tough today. Mine had an OS 45 SF for sport flying. I sold it RTF for $25 in the early 80's. Wish I still had it.
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I've not done the repair yet, but I have all the things I need to get it done.

My problem is that the fuel tank can not be removed, and the Servo's are stuck in place with glue.

Could you please let me have any ideas you have because I'm a little stumped?

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Why can't the fuel tank be removed? I would rip it out of there if I had to do it with a knife in small pieces

You really need to clean up both sides of the fuze to fix it properly.

If you wanted to fix it Hack style, you could sand down all the cracks on the outside of the fuze, clean all the fuel off the plane and drizzle some thin CA into the cracks making sure the fuze is held together snugly (You almost need one person to hold the plane, and another to drizzle the glue) helps keep things straight. Sand this smooth again, then cut up 3 pieces of 2 oz cloth so that the first piece will overhang the crack by about 2", the second piece will overhang the crack by about 1 1/2" and the last piece will overhang the crack by about 1". If you stagger the sizes you will get a slightly smoother edge transition. Let this dry, sand lightly, paint optional You will have a tough time making the surface look pretty again doing this, but it should be strong enough to fly.
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Cheers Daven,

I didn't even think about cutting the tank free, good thinking. Guess I was stuck into thinking about it one way only, just needed someone to point me in the correct direction.

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