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Old 05-27-2003, 04:56 PM
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On my US-40 the fuselage is cracked on both sides on the leading edge of the elevator. I have glued it before and now it is loose again. Looking for suggestions on how to repair. My thoughts are to cut an access panel in the bottom and try to repair. Any other Ideas?
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Old 05-28-2003, 03:21 PM
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Here is something you might give a try. If possible remove the stab from the fuse and clean up any access glue you can. Next open the bottom of the fuse under the stab area. clean out as much old glue as you can. the next step is to make a thin cardboard template of the area that is cracked. go several inches forward and aft of the crack. This may take a bit of time to do right but you want a nice fit and plenty of overlap. Next get some Lite ply from a local hobby shop. if you cannot find lite ply 1/8 hard balsa sheet will work. cut out parts using your template and make one for each side inside the fuse we will call these side doublers. Trial fit everything back together before gluing. once your happy glue the new side doublers in place. once they are in place glue the stab back in place. Re-cover the bottom of the fuse. remember to re-balance your model as you have added weight to the tail end. Good Luck
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