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Old 11-23-2006, 10:11 PM   #1
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hinge before cover <--> cover before hinge ?

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Just wondering how everyone does it.

On some planes I covered the wings and control surfaces, then do the hinging and gluing of the hinges. On others I have gone ahead and hinged+glued before covering. Then covered right over everything. ( I first put a thin strip of covering in along the hinge line.

I can't say that I have a preference. both methods worked fine for me. How 'bout you?
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Cover.................... then hinge !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 11-24-2006, 03:25 AM   #3
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Re: Hinges

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Cover.................... then hinge !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ditto, but then I seal my hinge gaps with covering.


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Old 11-24-2006, 06:25 AM   #4
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I use the covering as the hinge. Saves weight, seals the gap, everything is aligned all in one shot.

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Old 11-24-2006, 07:10 AM   #5
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I slot everthing before, then just cut them opening after covering to hinge and glue.

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Old 11-24-2006, 07:42 AM   #6
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I voted with the "cover then hinge" group although I also slot and fit everything before covering. I then cut throught the covering before paint (much easier to find the slot that way).
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Old 11-24-2006, 08:13 AM   #7
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same here fit hinges then cover
glue the hinges after
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Re: hinges

Originally Posted by CHEVPRO
I slot everthing before, then just cut them opening after covering to hinge and glue.

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Old 11-24-2006, 07:28 PM   #10
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hinge before covering

I kind of do both at the same time. I set all my hinges during construction, but I use a full length of piano wire for a pin, pull out the wire, cover and paint, then slide the wire back in, Also makes it easy if I have to repair ele. or ail or rudder etc.
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