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Drilling and Painting Carbon Fiber Landing Gear

Old 03-25-2003, 02:10 AM
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Default Drilling and Painting Carbon Fiber Landing Gear

Howdy,

I just got a carbon fiber main gear for my WM 3D FunFly 1.20 and since this is my first C/F gear I have some quesitons. First -- I was wondering if special tools were needed to drill the holes... Second -- I want to paint the gear white to better match the model and was wondering if there was any special prep needed..

TIA for your help.
Old 04-02-2003, 04:46 PM
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Default Drilling and Painting Carbon Fiber Landing Gear

On the CF gear you can use any drill bit that will work on wood. I stagger my drilling so that no two holes are on the same line in the gear. Just a slight stagger is all I do.

As far as paint, I have never tried that. On the Ultimate that I am building now I am going to try Ultracote to cover the gear with. What I will do is glue a leading edge balsa strip direct to the gear. This will get sanded to shape. The TE will get the same treatment. Then I will just cover and shrink the Ultracote.

I have used this method with wire gear and it has worked fine.

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Default Drilling and Painting Carbon Fiber Landing Gear

Carbon fiber is real hard on cutting tools, but is even harder on your body. Splinters and airborne fibers DO NOT seek a way to exit your body.

Consider the waste product as a Hazardous waste!

R. C.

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