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Old 08-12-2003, 02:34 PM   #1
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durability of Canadian gutter pipe

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I am wondering about the durability of the Canadian gutter pipe as a use of control horns. My experience in the past has showed me that plastic is not a good material for control horns. I know the majority of the SPAD plans have these control horns, will the canadian material hold up?
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:25 PM   #2
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I took the advise of Jim Moss who hopefully will comment on this subject and made the control horns out of the gutter pipe plastic about twice the recommended size and I have had many flights on my Spad so far and no problems. as for the durability of the plastic itself, due to haveing reversed ailerons on the first flight, I dove my SPAD into the ground from about 100' up burying the nose into the dirt and all I broke was my prop and had to clean all the dirt out of the carburetor of the engine. The plastic fuse stayed fully in tact without a scratch! I would think that pretty durable! The only other recommendation I would have depending on what model your building, I building Das Plas Sticks and Debonairs, is to make the rear cutout only big enough to fit the fin to maintain stability of the tail feathers. Other than that I found my planes fun to build and a real blast to fly.

All the best and enjoy, I'm sure your going to love it! Check out some of the threads in this SPAD section. You'll see pictures of Jim's Debonair and he shows the control horns that he made out of the same plastic as the fuse!
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Old 08-12-2003, 09:10 PM   #3
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As Gary has stated I used the Can. pipe for the control horns .... making them twice as large ( mounting area ) as shown on the websites.

And also as Gary mentions instead of cutting the large taper out of the tail as shown on the sites, just cut out enough to fit the vertical fin.

It will work as shown but I noticed the other day while doing a roll with my son's Debonair (at about 15') that the tail was twisted about 15 to 20 degrees.

Doesn't seem to effect the way it flies (Great!!)

Here are the pics of the Horns.

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