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Old 01-27-2003, 07:41 AM   #1
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My Seagull Extra has (or actually had) the plastic hinges with a centre pin. Well, the rudder was removed from the fuse by the ground (oops - I have now experienced flutter).

Question. What is the best way to remove and repair the hinges. I could actually leave 2 of the 3 in there and make new slots, but at least one has to be removed.

I am assuming, that I somehow carve them out and fill the gaps with balsa and epoxy and then make new slots after everything has cured. Any other suggestions?
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Some of these you can remove the hinge pin, then replace it when all repairs are done. Short answer: if there's room, cut them off flush and put another hinge next to the old one. Good luck, Dzl
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... and if you're stuck with having to remove one, it's been my experience that it's often easier to simply replace the trailing edge.

That being said, I have had some luck carving though halfway to remove the hinge and shaping a plug... but I wouldn't recommend this for any high performance plane unless you reinforce the area (eg. carbon tape on both sides)....

As 'Dzlstunter' says, why not leave it in place. You could always mate another hinge half along with the new rudder (if that's what's required)....
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