Author Topic: tail section rims?  (Read 1088 times)

Offline Cessna4542c

tail section rims?
« on: March 20, 2016, 04:54:45 AM »
Working on my tail section for my DE.  I am guessing the metal ribs should be covered with some kind of tape. Seems like the ribs have sharp edges and should be protected from the fabric. Is this what everybody is doing? 


Offline XL-C-100

Re: tail section rims?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2016, 06:12:00 AM »
I brushed glue on my ribs and wrapped them in a strip of fabric. It seemed to work well, not sure what others have done?

Offline boba65$#

Re: tail section rims?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2016, 09:55:06 AM »
My years as an airline turbine specialist(A&P,I.A.), did not OBVIOUSLY make use of fabric skills I learned in the GA community, however......anything sharp is an enemy of fabric....especially fabric that is not stitched and can become loose. I would suggest, not only the AC43-13 as a guide....but watch a few youtube covering vids. The last one I recovered was a Citabria, and I used tapes on ANYTHING that was sharp. It's just good practice. Adds almost zero weight, but plenty of peace of mind,especially at buffeting winds aloft. Surface balance is usually never a big deal,especially with this airfoil and flutter is not a giant concern BUT as a caveat....ALWAYS check static balance of ANY moveable surface. Again, the 43:13 addresses this as well. If you dont feel comfortable doing this, the local EAA ch. can assist.

Offline joecnc2006

Re: tail section rims?
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2016, 02:06:11 PM »
I have seen some people use the cloth bandage tape. works good on the gussets also.
or you should be able to add the dacron tape on top like you do over stitching,

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