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Old 07-23-2007, 06:01 PM
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Guys or girls, I need help, damaged my wing, tear on right front of wing. everything good now exept the balsa covering over repaired skeletal frame. The problem I am not sure how to fix is how do I bend a piece of balsa on the curved part of the wing on the front between the top and the bottom of the wing. Everytime I try to curve the wood around, it breaks in half. Please help? Thanks R Sparks
Old 07-23-2007, 06:09 PM
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Did you wet it thoroughly before bending it around the skeleton contour?
Old 07-23-2007, 08:45 PM
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Nope, I thought that was the solution but I wasn't sure. How do I glue it if it is wet? Thanks...Have to have it ready to fly by Saturday.....Thanks for the help.
Old 07-23-2007, 09:40 PM
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I’d suggest just using water to soak the wood before bending, pin down the wood, and then have the patience to let it dry before gluing.
Old 07-24-2007, 06:16 AM
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Default RE: Wing Repair

I've found that using Windex with ammonia works great for wetting out balsa to conform to a tight radius. Like Beaner said, pin or tape the piece in place, let dry, then glue it up.
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If the area is hidden; i.e., no clear covering, that mixture is ok as ammonia tends to turn CA milky. Use plane water if it is going to be exposed.
Old 07-24-2007, 09:31 AM
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Default RE: Wing Repair

Yup, Beaner is correct on that. Sorry, I didn't even think that the covering might be transparent
Old 07-24-2007, 11:30 AM
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Thanks guys it is fixed, replace the covering and ready to go....

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