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Old 12-14-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone has used this stuff before, and if so how well does it work?

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Old 12-15-2009, 08:32 AM   #2
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Re: Iron-on Gapless Hinge

Used these a lot in my control line days.

Goes on the same way you would Iron on any covering, only this is a little more durable.

I mostly used on airplanes that had solid wood sections that I didnt cover but just painted, or on planes that I used dope and silk.

Never had a problem with it, but then again, once I covered my plane (non-mylar covering) I never had to use a heat gun on it.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:20 AM   #3
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Re: Iron-on Gapless Hinge

Use to make my own IRON-ON-Hinges for SMALL models

#1 make 2 long strips of Monokote 1.5" wide

#2 lay one glue side up - Lay the other glue side down over the bottom one with a 1/4" overlap. Take a covering iron and seal the 1/4" overlap section.

#3 cut the long strip horizontally into 1/2" strips.

#4 Using a over/under pattern like laying out a Cherboard pattern you can seal down the ends top/bottom.

#5 Works great as a hinge for 1/8" to 3/16" thick tail surfaces.

OR you can sew your tail on using Dental floss using a baseball Figure 8 stitch! Thats gapless.
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:06 AM   #4
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Re: Iron-on Gapless Hinge

Use hockey tape or scotch tape. Works fine and is cheap.
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Old 12-15-2009, 03:51 PM   #5
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Re: Iron-on Gapless Hinge

I've hinged a few control surfaces with just Monocote. Top and bottom, it's unbeleivable strong. It's working great on a recent electric speed plane that's easily 120mph. Just be sure to use it on both sides.

So to answer your original question, if that stuff it stronger than covering it should work great as long as it sticks well.
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Re: Iron-on Gapless Hinge

I used it once. Ironed it on before covering the plane with *cote. The only problem with the stuff is the edge of the hinge material is visible because of its thickness.
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