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Old 04-02-2012, 05:06 AM
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Hi everyone. I have just put together a 50cc katana and flew it foe the first time this weekend. The wing tune socket is cardboard and after the first flight, it pulled loose from the glue joints. Not a big deal but I the cardboard makes it hard to remove the wing tube and up until now I have just been leaving the wing tube in the socket. As a quick fix, I put some tape around the socket near the formers but I do not like the cardboard socket. Anyone know how to repair/replace the cardboard socket?

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:29 AM
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Has anyone ever epoxied the outside of their cardboard tube for strength? My only concern is that it leaks to the inside of the tube and the wing tube will no longer fit.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:06 PM
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In case anyone is interested, this is what I did and it worked excellent.

Need a sleeve for your CF tube? It's easy to make. First wrap the CF tube with wax paper, wax side out. Then wrap the wax paper with several layers of glass cloth. Then apply a slow curing epoxy. Trim the ends, then slide off of the CF tube. You can leave the wax paper in place or remove it, either way.
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Dan; I'm glad you found a solution, sorry no one else offered any suggestions or help, it happens sometimes, not all in vain, your solution may be the solution someone else is looking for, in helping yourself you may be helping someone else.
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No need to apologize. I can't count on my hands and feet the number I times I have been helped in these forums. Just glad to give back. I was amazed how easy it was to make a new wing tube socket. Thanks again.
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