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    Top Flite F4U Corsair Folding Wings

    I'm building a Top Flite GE .60 corsair and was wondering if there was a kit on the market for folding wings
    or if anyone has sucessfully done this can tell me what i need to get, or advice on how to do it would be appreciated

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    RE: Top Flite F4U Corsair Folding Wings

    I do not think that there is a kit available that do this, so if it were to be done, you would have to design it or get the design from someone. The other issue with all the Top Flite Gold Edition kits is weight. The weight that you added to the wing for folding them would need to be subtracted in some manner else where on the plane. Good Luck, Dave
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    RE: Top Flite F4U Corsair Folding Wings

    I actually did that on a 40 size but had all kind of problems. I couldnt find anyway too push the wings in the up position without adding way too much weight. The second problem was to lock the wings in the down position and then to raise them with out going over and releasing them manually. I didnt have much problem designing the wing to fold but the flaps had to have 4 servos because the split in the middle of them and the othere problem was the alieron servo that was mouted in the middle of the wing couldnt be used I had to go to 2 servos now im sporting way too much weight in the wings. I decided that the tubes, pushrods, servos and extra weight was just not practical. (there goes 2 months of my life ) Good luck tho and please let us know how that works out for ya!


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    RE: Top Flite F4U Corsair Folding Wings

    Has been done, but don't know the secret. Maybe a spring air retract with speed valve?
    Here are some videos of them, perhaps you can contact one or more of these guys and get some help.
    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...rch_type=&aq=o

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    RE: Top Flite F4U Corsair Folding Wings

    At that scale, the folding mechanism is just too complex and the extra servos and hardware make it much heavier and impractical, as David said above. If you want to go up to 1/4 scale or larger, then the engineering is easier and the added weight is a much smaller percentage of the total a/c weight.
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