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Old 03-15-2002, 06:57 PM
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Default Better option than nylon bolts?

I am building a TF Sea Fury. The kit has nylon bolts to hold the wing on. I was wondering if these work well or if there is a better option. It seems to me that the nylon and the tapped wood hole will eventually wear out. Is this a concern?

My Tiger2 has the wing held on with bolts and blind nuts. This seems much more solid.

How are most other scale airplane wings held on? Can it be done more discreetly?

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Old 03-15-2002, 08:44 PM
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Default Better option than nylon bolts?

I prefer nylon bolts. I have a 30lb. twin that I hold the wings on with 1/4 in nylon bolts (4 of them) and it's gone through some rough landings. All my giant planes have wings held on with nylon bolts. I worry more about metal bolts vibrating loose. After you drill and tap the holes for the nylon bolts, saturate the threads with thin CA to harden them. I usually have the bolt heads in recesses in the belly pan.
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Default Better option than nylon bolts?

Hi Herb

Use the Nylon bolts. The same concept would apply as the one you had mentioned about the air cylinder in the folding wing, safety break-away in case of cylinder malfunction.

You may be able to salvage more of the wing upon impact (hope not) with the nylon bolts shearing.
Old 03-18-2002, 04:34 PM
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Default good point

Thanks for the information. You both made some good points. This weekend I did install the bolts but they don't even go through the wooden plate. I'm guessing that I should get some longer ones so that there are at least some threads through the other side of the plate. I'm surprised that they wouldn't include longer bolts in the kit.

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