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Old 08-09-2002, 10:17 PM
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I'm putting together an ARF that came with a hinge I haven't used before. The hinge epoxies in and has a pin that joins the two halves.

The pin is L shaped and comes out if I pull it. Picture is below.

Question is:
Do leave the L part free to move between the control surfaces? That would allow me to remove the control surface by just pulling it out. But that also worries me that it might come out on it's own.

Or do I epoxy it into the wing with one side of the hinge?
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Old 08-10-2002, 01:42 AM
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There might be a good reason for making a hinge pin this way, but I have never found out what it is....

The pin is stuck into either the wing or control surface...don't leave it loose.
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If you do not stick the L shaped part of the pin into either surface, it will come out in flight and you will re-kit your plane. I've been using them for years and love them. I usually put them into the wing or stab vice the control surface - no particular reason - at the same time I exoxy the hinge into the plane. I also coat the pins and hinge lines with petroleum jelly (but not the L that sticks into the wood) when I put them together to keep the epoxy from sticking to them .


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