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Old 07-19-2006, 01:13 AM
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Hi,
Managed to toally snap off one side of the horizontal stabilizer on my GWS Beaver..
Is it best to cut it out and replace it? Where can I get suitable material for that (I'm in Melbourne, Australia if there's any Aussie's around..)?

Thanks!

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Old 07-19-2006, 01:24 AM
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Hey Shawn you can cut the fuse apart just enough in the back to take it all straight out. Then use a piece of balsa cut to size.

That worked for me for a while until I ordered a new main wing set and it came with a tail as well so I replaced all of it.

just one way of many to do it I'm sure. Right now I have mine taped back together with a piece of masking tape and packing tape from a mild encounter with the ground last weekend.:o
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:44 AM
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I broke mine off on both sides. Repaired by gluing back in place and reinforced the join to the fuse by glueing a small piece of triangular balsa on each side to provide a good anchor to the fuse.
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
Hey Shawn you can cut the fuse apart just enough in the back to take it all straight out. Then use a piece of balsa cut to size.

That worked for me for a while until I ordered a new main wing set and it came with a tail as well so I replaced all of it.

just one way of many to do it I'm sure. Right now I have mine taped back together with a piece of masking tape and packing tape from a mild encounter with the ground last weekend.:o
Mild well that's one way of putting it
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Old 07-19-2006, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by skiman762 View Post
Mild well that's one way of putting it
It's hit a lot harder than that before and survived as well!
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:31 PM
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Go to your local supermarket, and get a couple of foam meat packing trays. They are about the same weight foam as the Beaver tail. Use the old broken tail as a templet and trace onto the new foam. Cut, glue, install and you're done.

Easy and complete repair.
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Old 07-20-2006, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by glenclif View Post
Go to your local supermarket, and get a couple of foam meat packing trays. They are about the same weight foam as the Beaver tail. Use the old broken tail as a templet and trace onto the new foam. Cut, glue, install and you're done.

Easy and complete repair.
Good idea Glenn! and if you get used ones you can really mess with the neighborhood dogs fly just high enough that they can't get to it!

well until you have to land anyway... then they will eat your plane! lol
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Old 07-21-2006, 02:31 AM
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Good idea suggesting the foam meat tray for repairs. I have done that to repair a damaged wingtip on my Yak.
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Old 07-21-2006, 03:08 PM
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Our local Publix supermarket gave me a handful of assorted sizes and weights.

When I needed to replace a Beaver horizontal stab and elevator it was the exact replacement foam, and was an easy fix. You can also use the meat packing trays to patch and fix broken wings.

It can be used on Slow Sticks, Tiger Moths, and anything that has that weight of foam.

I didn't try the used ones, my dog will chase anything that moves and still try to eat the plane.
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:01 AM
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Thanks for the responses eveyone.

For some reason, the idea of mixing balsa and foam never occured to me.

That meat tray idea is a good one too.
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Old 07-27-2006, 03:19 AM
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Seems like a good excuse to use some 3/4 oz fiberglass cloth and water base polyurethane. I'd do the wing too, just the bottom side. Tom
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