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ChrisJesshope
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hinge tape

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For those mourning the loss of sellotape crystal clear for hinging ailerons, I have recently bought some Gorilla crystal clear tape from Aldi. Claims it can support 6KG, how much tape to support that is not clear but it is, as the name says, transparent and weatherproof. I plan to try it out soon and will give feedback. I think it was £2.99 a roll.

Cheers,

Chris

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B Sharp
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Re: hinge tape

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You could try a product called Sylglas greenhouse repair tape. It is totally clear, very strong, utterly waterproof, adheres well to glass and film finishes and is remarkably thin. I and a number of others in the F3j and F3f community started using it way back in the late 80s/early 90s and it became my go-to product for hinging. The only problem is that it comes on a 50mm wide roll. I usually lay a length on a large piece of glass and use a scalpel to cut it down the middle.
Its available from http://www.sylglas.com/products/cleartape.htm
Brian. :)

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Re: hinge tape

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On closer inspection, it seems that the tape is thick double sided mounting tape. I was missed by the name. He ho, it'll come in useful for something. Thanks for the link Brian. I'll try that.

Chris

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Re: hinge tape

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Thanks very much for the suggestion of "Sylglas greenhouse repair tape". I ordered it, they shipped very quickly and I've now used it to hinge my PIK-20's ailerons and flaps. straightforward to use and sticks very well. Looking forward to the non yellowing of it over the next few years!

As for its dimensions, I rolled out a length suitable for the hinge and lightly stuck down to baking paper (the shiny side). then sliced down the length with a Stanley knife.

The resulting pair of offcuts were then very easy to handle due to their "backing paper" allowing for nice and straight alignment along the hinge as the backing was removed (peels away ve4ry easily) in short sections. The resulting adhesion shows no contamination from the baking parchment.

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Re: hinge tape

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Spot-on Marc. Im pleased you have found the Sylglas tape to be user friendly. I usualy place it on a large sheet of glass before slicing down the middle with a scalple but your method sounds good and I will give it a go on my next model.
By the way, I was recently giving my fleet of models thier annual MOT check ready for the coming season (I hope) and brought out the wings of a slope model I built in 2002. On inspection the control surfaces are still firmly attached and the Sylglas tape is showing no signs of colouring, degrading or letting go - thats 19 years - not bad at all!
Brian :D

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