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Old 06-18-2003, 05:59 PM
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Have you ever used the hinge sealing tape on your Whiplash by ACM. I assume it is used to cover the hinge gap. Does it work properly?

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I used strapping tape, but in talking with Rick at ACM today he says the newer versions of the WHiplash are sealed on both sides. Mine is at the P.O., will fetch it tomorrow!
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ChuckAuger,

Maybe I'm not explaining this well. I seal the gap with monocoat on both sides when I cover.

I thought this tape might be a stiff mylar type tape with one half of the tape sticky. The sticky part would be placed on the wing trailing edge so the non sticky half would cover the gap and rest on the elevon leading edge. Raise the elevon and the tape would continue to seal the gap flexing in accoradnce with the elevon movement. This would get rid of the gap between the elevon and wing trailing edge to a degree making the airflow smoother across the gap. Smoothing out that airflow is drag reduction and the elevon gap is a major source of turbulence.

I know, I probably have this all wrong, but I've never seen or used the tape before.

Anybody ever heard of tape like this?

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I have done what you are talking about with 1/64" ply...I've never seen a tape that would do it (but I've never seen the tape you are talking about.)
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There is a tape similar to what you are talking about. It is called Gap Seal, and is sold by NorthEast SailPlane Products. It is approximately 1" wide, half the width has adhesive, and the other half is just mylar. Some of us use it quite a bit in sealing hinge gaps on racing planes.
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Daven,

Thank You! I had heard of a product like this, but couldn't find it. I thought maybe ACM was selling it.

Thanks so much, you have been terrific in the forums by the way with advice and information!

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Thank you for the compliment.

Here is a link to the Gap Seal.

http://www.nesail.com/gapseal.html

I believe they are currently an advertiser on RCU also.
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