Finishing a CWilliams Spatz

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Dale Nicholls
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Finishing a CWilliams Spatz

Post by Dale Nicholls » 28 Feb 2019, 21:38

Hi all,

I am on the finishing legs of a Chris Williams Spatz, a complete scratch build from the excellent plans.
I am approaching the stage where I need to hinge the very long ailerons.
These have been built to be top hinged as per the plan.

I am stuck on the fence at the moment as what is the best hinge to use here ?
Flat type (Mylar or Dubro) or go with the Robart pin hinge which is generally easier to install.
I just hate hinging as a task, after 30 years of building I still hate it !

I look forward to your feedback.

Dale

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chris williams
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Re: Finishing a CWilliams Spatz

Post by chris williams » 01 Mar 2019, 00:16

I usually use either a flat hinge or the Mylar type, fitted dry, with the aileron retained with insulating tape, thus allowing the aileron to be removed for repair if necessary. (You gotta think ahead!) The underside gap I seal with strips of draughting Mylar fixed with double-sided tape
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Dale Nicholls
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Re: Finishing a CWilliams Spatz

Post by Dale Nicholls » 01 Mar 2019, 02:02

Thanks Chris,

the local "scale police will ban me" if there is any film on this model, I will experiment on some scraps before committing to the hinging.
flat hinge does seem to be nicer but lots more care and work involved . . .

Will post an update photo in the next day or two, its too hot here at the moment with outside temps hitting 37 Degrees C for the next 2 or 3 days.
not good in the building shed at all

Dale

John Vella
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Re: Finishing a CWilliams Spatz

Post by John Vella » 01 Mar 2019, 09:22

Dale, having used various hinge types in models over the years I favour the Robart metal pin hinge for scale vintage. The only disadvantage is some butchery is required to remove a flying surface. Regards John.

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Re: Finishing a CWilliams Spatz

Post by Tom Pack » 02 Mar 2019, 03:20

John Vella wrote:
01 Mar 2019, 09:22
Dale, having used various hinge types in models over the years I favour the Robart metal pin hinge for scale vintage. The only disadvantage is some butchery is required to remove a flying surface. Regards John.
If you drill out the “pins” in those hinges and replace them with a long piece of music wire to fit removal of the surfaces becomes super easy!

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