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rrobut
 Post subject: Aileron Skin
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2023 5:44 am 
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For you guys that have skinned the ailerons by folding the trailing edge does it significantly reduce the aileron stick forces.


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david read
 Post subject: Re: Aileron Skin
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2023 10:24 pm 
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Yes. I have flown both and as speed increases there is a significant difference. When I built I folded mine because I liked the looks and they were easier to keep the trailing edge straight but it does make more of a challenge to put the stiffeners inside


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James Grahn
 Post subject: Re: Aileron Skin
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2023 12:41 am 
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You can accomplish the same results by using a thicker trailing edge strip.
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rrobut
 Post subject: Re: Aileron Skin
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2023 6:35 am 
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Thanks for the replies and also Cubes for the constant speed prop info yesterday


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