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Old 05-04-2014, 06:15 PM
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Just wondering if anyone uses canopy glue on ca type hinges.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:23 PM
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I wouldn't use it. It's to thick to soak into the hinges and balsa. Pretty sure it would not hold, just use the thin and you won't have to worry.
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I believe that would be just setting yourself up for, surface failure if not a complete loss of the aircraft.

The fibrous CA hinges are completely dependent up on the capillary wicking action of Thin CA which I believe the only type of cement that we commonly use that is capable of the sufficient wicking for the hinge to properly bond.

Also use only fresh Ca of the thin variety. Medium Ca is not capable of sufficient wicking to bond well at all. Medium Ca is also bound to fail at some point.

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If you really want to use canopy glue for hinges, get the hinged plastic kind.
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Mike {Minn} did a how to several years ago. He and I did it the same way. I think it is in the Q&A articles? I just saw it the other day when Jim mentioned one of his how to articles. Thin CA is all I have ever used.
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Originally Posted by Gray Beard View Post
Mike {Minn} did a how to several years ago. He and I did it the same way. I think it is in the Q&A articles? I just saw it the other day when Jim mentioned one of his how to articles. Thin CA is all I have ever used.
yup, I helped with that article...
(Personally, I would only use canopy glue on hinges called 'Canopy Glue Hinges' )
really you should use specifically THIN CA.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/a...rticle_id=1180
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Canopy glue works well with plastic hinges. The "canopy" part is target marketing.

I've seen a crashed model B-17, where the wood was broken next to the hinges, but the wood remained firmly attached to them. I asked about the glue used, and the reply was "canopy."

I've been using it ever since, with no problems involved.

I am in complete agreement with not using it on CA hinges, which require CA for proper installation.
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I have used plain old Sigbond/Titebond to attach CA hinges to thin balsa trailing edges on foam wings. I used a syringe to force the glue into the slot and then inserted the hinge. Let dry for 24 hours. I have had Ca hinges pull out using CA but as yet none have pulled out using Sigbomd. The down side is a much longer dry time.
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Originally Posted by heritageman View Post
Just wondering if anyone uses canopy glue on ca type hinges.
All your answers are good. However when CA, then called "Hot Stuff", first hit the market, it was very expensive, back around 1970 or so. Hinges needed to stay put so I started and so did others, simply dropping by the "dollar store" and buying a bottle of wood tooth picks. place your hinge in any way, any glue and plug in one, or two toothpick centers (BIG BIRD HINGES) about an eighth inch from the edge. That hinge will stay put and any glue will do well to keep it that way. Smudge a little filler over the t-pick where cut-off and go on about your structuring, then a tad bit of sanding to make it "purty", If you have a crash, or heavy flying and it does pull out, anything else would have not survived. " Wurks fer meee!"
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Originally Posted by Hossfly View Post
Aplug in one, or two toothpick centers (BIG BIRD HINGES) about an eighth inch from the edge. That hinge will stay put and any glue will do well to keep it that way. " Wurks fer meee!"
I did a crappy job doing some rudder hinges and noticed the were pulling out, I did this last night on a whim.. it worked awesome and I don't care about the appearance as its one of a few .60 size knockaround birds.. small world!
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