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Old 03-17-2007, 03:53 AM
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Default Rudder dried a little off center

While attaching the rudder on my plane, I had to "pull" the rudder to the right and tape it to get it square. It was centered on the fuse at the start, but woke this morning to find the front moved about 1/16 off center. The rudder is square to the stab, but like I said, the rudder is a little off center. I know I COULD heat the epoxy and try to re-mount the rudder, or should I just leave it alone?
Old 03-17-2007, 06:39 AM
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Hi!
It doesn't matter if on a trainer!
Old 03-17-2007, 06:41 AM
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Hi!
It doesn't matter if on a trainer!
Not a trainer, its a Goldberg decathlon
Old 03-17-2007, 06:47 AM
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Hi!
Doesn't matter anyway...The Decatelon is like a high winged trainer. There are very few airplane were you would notice it anyway.
Old 03-17-2007, 09:44 AM
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Default RE: Rudder dried a little off center

I assume your talking about the vertical stabilizer or fin and not the rudder. The rudder is only the moveable part, which is hinged to the fin. There will be some yaw because of the fin not being true to the airstream. However, torque and P-factor also cause yawing moments, so I would fly it as is.
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I stand corrected, vertical stab, and thanks guys.
Old 03-17-2007, 11:05 AM
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Default RE: Rudder dried a little off center

if the front is oiff center and the rear is not then you have offset the fin,like apply a bit of rudder trim.some designs are more forgiving than others in less than perfect alignment.I had a fle fli +10 that if the wings were 1/32" from being centered you would know about it after take off.That taught me to make sure eveything is 100 % .
Old 03-17-2007, 01:04 PM
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Default RE: Rudder dried a little off center

Don't worry about it. In the off chance you happen to notice anything, you'll probably be able to trim it out. I've errantly taped one up and woke to find I had made a slightly offset stab, by about 1/16th. Mine wasn't even perfectly square to the horizontal stab, but it flew fine. I pushed two clicks of left rudder trim in and never thought about it again.

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