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Old 03-21-2006, 05:10 PM   #1
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Recently I have read several articles in which the authors say they always cover the gap in the ailerons and elevators with Monocoat. I understand why they do it, but they never say if they cover the top or bottom.
Which is it?
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:37 PM   #2
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Top, it looks better.

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I did the top as well.

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I cover the bottom. It doesn't matter. I actually prefer electric hinge flier tape (3m blenderm) to seal the gap. It is glow fuel proof if you make sure the hinge is very clean when you apply it . And it is easy to remove if you is almost transparent as well
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One other thing: if you cover the top, move the surface the opposite way to maximum deflection then seal it.

EXAMPLE: when sealing the elevator on the top, seal the edge on the stab first.

Then move the elevator to full down and only then seal the edge on the elevator.

That way, when you do need full deflection, there will be enough "material" to allow the deflection.

If you cover the gap when the control surface is at neutral, when it comes time for the surface to move "away" there will not be enough covering material to allow the movement (ie: that covering doesn't stretch).

This applies whether its an aileron, rudder or elevator.
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