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Old 04-27-2010, 10:00 AM
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nothing major but landed my palio pro glider in a tree and the leading edge is alittle smashed up. no big deal but good chance to do my first repair thread.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:41 PM
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nothing major but landed my palio pro glider in a tree and the leading edge is alittle smashed up. no big deal but good chance to do my first repair thread.
Packing tape leading edge... Fly... I have so many projects that little scuff in the paint would never make it to my bench...
Old 04-27-2010, 04:38 PM
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i would but seen as it is a new plane il go the extra bit just to replace the damged section. then il patch her up or put a sticker over the damaged area. i have more pics and videos of me discovering the tree wont hold my weight to climb it to get it. when she gets older i will probably use the packaging tape trick haha
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:15 PM
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It looks like you have it glued up at this point..whenever you replace a piece of leading edge its good to extend it out past the broken area, then cut it at and angle and glue it on, I can never recall if that is called a CURF cut or joint ?
Also when a leading edge breaks its nice to lay some would behind the leading edge at the joints. I often even use lightply wood or thin hardwood ply..depending on the plane.

You should be ok on your glider, but if you had butt jointed that way (as it appears) on a high G airplane...the load could very easily break it at the repair.

I hope you won't consider this information as anything other than useful as I am not trying to be critical. It looks like you are well on the way to fixing the damage we all seem to cause once in awhile.
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hi foodstick, yes its just a mere glider and will never encounter an high pressure manouvers haha, if this had been a powered model i would have been more accurate with the repair, one by extending the leading edge allot further on both sides as you quite rightly so mentioned. as for the sheeting i would have done that also, but we are just talking a 1 and half inch patch that will most likely never encounter any g force or high speed flying so rest assured it will be safe, thanks for your input im just waiting for the pva to dry up so i can sand it flush and get a patch of covering over it and rebalance her to make sure the repair to the wing hasnt affected either of the models 2 balance points. refering to both balance points... for those who are readin i mean center of gravity and also the balance where you put finger under nose and rudder t make sure you dont have a wing heavier than the other. iv forgot the tecnhical term used..... after all it is 2.24 am over the pond
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yes i think you did fine on the repair, I just thought i'd chime in to offer hopefully well received advice figure anyone that is willing to rebuild deserves any help that can be given...

I still learn stuff all the time from buddies..

1.5 inch patch? heck on my monitor I thought it was at least 3 inchs across ! hahahah
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the crazy thing is after it hit the tree i continued to fly it twice more haha. but yep its just 1.5 inchs. on my lptop it looks like 10mm haha

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