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Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

Old 03-06-2004, 07:19 AM
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Default Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

Does anyone recomend using the plastic pinned hinges ?
Old 03-06-2004, 08:22 AM
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Default RE: Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

I'm sure they will work alright, but I flew a number of G. L. s and just use tape on the elevator and rudder....Easy, quick, and speeds repairs "if" heaven forbid you will need any..Brian
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Default RE: Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

Thanks Brian I have been away from the hobby 25 yrs. and I'm not familar with this product or it's application, this has to be applied after all covering i assume joe
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Default RE: Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

Tape or MonoKote works better. Easy to apply and repair, and seals the whole gap.
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Default RE: Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

For something like the GL I would just use hinges made from the same covering material that you're using as long as it's one of the tougher coverings like Ultrakote or Monokote. This method has the advantage of sealing the hinge gap at the same time as well as being cheap since you make the hinges from scraps of the stuff you've got already.
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Default RE: Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

I would use tape since monokote gets brittle with time. Oracover is better anyway.

But get yourself some hinge tape and but it on it works great and as said before in this treat it easy maintenance.

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Default RE: Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

On some of my power planes, the time for MonoKote to get brittle and crack is very short!
The hinge covering on my GL vertical is probably 10 years old, and still going.
The horizontal needed a tape job some years back.
Old 03-06-2004, 11:27 PM
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Alright Guys survey says monokote or tape I'll give it a shot. Are there any wing modifications to beef up the wings I'm going with a three piece wing and instrutions are not really clear? Smoking Joe
Old 03-07-2004, 12:22 PM
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Default RE: Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

Gentle Lady's are quite tough airplanes. The wrinkles in the top covering when it goes up on a high start are alarming, but I yet to break a GL wing.
If the wing isn't covered yet, try this if you're concerned..
The similar Electra wing suffered from a poor situation, which created this leading edge sheeting collapse.
Adding the shear web from the spar to the back end of the leading edge sheeting makes for a stiffer wing.
The 3 Electra wings from the kits which I made had this happen on both sides. Not fatal, but annoying.
On my 2nd GL wing for a glow powered version I did this just to add the belt-and-suspenders security we engineers prefer.
My GL is going on 12 now, and the wing is just fine. It's electric powered and carries a camera also.
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Old 03-07-2004, 06:54 PM
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Default RE: Hinging rudder & elevator Gentle Lady

Go with in covering hinge. Nice neat job, no air flow, nice color match. With a GL I really don't think it matters I've had several and know these planes to be able to fly on a bats fart.

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