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Old 11-17-2004, 12:18 PM   #1
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Hi I have a something extra I am building and are at the aileron hinge install stage. The directions say to use a number 11 blade and cut the hinge slots about 1/2 inch deep. I am worried that when I do this I won't get the cut straight, and how do you ensure that the aileron leading edge and wing trailing edge line up straight so the aileron does not end up higher or lower than the wing ?

Is is worth while buying a hinging machine or is it just as easy with a knife and number 11 blade.

I am little scared about starting this phase, as I don't want to ruin the plane.

Any help would be greatly appreaciated.

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Old 11-17-2004, 01:41 PM   #2
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There are auto-centering tools that cut a starting slot exactly in the middle of your surfaces. Where are you in Whitby? I can send some pics of the gadget (it's about $6 if I recall at your LHS). That will solve the centering part. If you want to use a hinge machine, I have one so we can probably work out something. Just pm me with details.

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Old 11-17-2004, 02:53 PM   #3
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Get a piece of scrap balsa and draw a center line along it's length.
Practise cutting a hinge slot with the #11 blade. Cut all the way through and then enlarge the slot slightly with a finger nail file so the hinge is a snug fit.

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