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Stopping wings coming apart on Radian glider

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Simon Hall 227/09/2014 18:37:37
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I get paranoid about these coming out in flight. Sometimes they come out slightly, even when flown reasonably gently and landed smoothly. I was thinking about the rare earth magnet trick, but not sure if it will work and how it effects cg and weight etc.
TigerOC27/09/2014 22:06:56
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I use the HK ( **LINK**  ) magnets to secure my canopies and they are pretty strong. They are very light and should be fine for this application. Quite a few glider wings are secured this way. If you have a dremmel type rotary drill you can use one of the small orbital sanding attachments to make a recess for the magnets and then just glue them in.


Edited By TigerOC on 27/09/2014 22:07:32

Edited By TigerOC on 27/09/2014 22:08:12

mightypeesh27/09/2014 22:12:13
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It may sound a bit on the bodge side, but the silly plastic bracket went on the first few flights......... the bit of duct tape however lasted about four years smiley Stick her together and enjoy!

Cheers, Simon

Wiltshire Flyer28/09/2014 00:56:12
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I glued mine together as the way they join and shift in the fues made me nervous.

but I'm very lucky, my field is a 2 min walk from home so I don't need to dismantle it, the magnets sound like the way to go 👍

Tim A28/09/2014 04:48:09
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Some members of our club have used the magnet method seems to work well, haven't done mine that way yet, just another item on the to do list.

Ron Revelle14/07/2015 19:44:20
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Hi Guys, Well my Radian did disassemble in the air today on the fourth flight. I have had it for a few years and lots of fun flights. It was flying fine when suddenly it looked like it got hit by severe turbulence almost like a wirlwind. The wings went their own way and floated down undamaged. No so of the fuselage..I ordered a new on and for sure the wings will be secured with magnets or even duct tape....

John Tee14/07/2015 20:51:26
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Only had mine three weeks and had 4 flights so far but the wings are tight in the fus and do not move (yet!!!). Was a bit sceptical of the interlocking wing joint but so far has worked well even with a few unintended violent manouveres on the maiden. If things get too loose I may go down the magnet road but as yet cannot foresee the need for some time. I do dismanle the model for storage but can get it into the car in one piece for transit.


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