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Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:47 am

I have seen several post lately on this issue and just thought I would chime in and give my opinion.
Fiberglass tubes are more durable and a little heavier than carbon. Fiberglass is what has typically been used on most bro approved slabs. When I designed the 46” UL Slick I decided to use carbon because I was trying to shave off every ounce possible. I have used Carbon in both of my Slick designs and it has worked very well with no failures that I know of.
I think on any light weight designs carbon is the way to go. If you break a carbon tube in a lightweight profile it will more than likely be destroyed beyond repair. As far as Mojo’s, Primo’s and any other more standard weight slabs, I agree that fiberglass is the way to go.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:34 am

thanks Doug--good to hear from you and my slick is still the slickest and sickest plane at the park.

Now we just need someone to weigh in with where to find .505 tubes and whatever for things being currently kitted at a good price. Has anyone found a good deal lately?
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:50 am

gus wrote:https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/plastic_rods_tubes_shapes/epoxy_tubing/144


Thanks! I saw that site in the other thread, but looked for "fiberglass" instead of "epoxy". That's a good price, but the shipping is (understandably) twice the item price. I'm going to look around, but might have to just eat it.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:56 pm

guckrob wrote:
gus wrote:https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/plastic_rods_tubes_shapes/epoxy_tubing/144


Thanks! I saw that site in the other thread, but looked for "fiberglass" instead of "epoxy". That's a good price, but the shipping is (understandably) twice the item price. I'm going to look around, but might have to just eat it.


Think ahead if you decide to order. I notice the shipping is the same for multiple tubes or one. I tried three tubes and shipping didn't change. Still flat 15 bucks.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:24 pm

Zombie [2point0] wrote:
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gus wrote:https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/plastic_rods_tubes_shapes/epoxy_tubing/144


Thanks! I saw that site in the other thread, but looked for "fiberglass" instead of "epoxy". That's a good price, but the shipping is (understandably) twice the item price. I'm going to look around, but might have to just eat it.


Think ahead if you decide to order. I notice the shipping is the same for multiple tubes or one. I tried three tubes and shipping didn't change. Still flat 15 bucks.


ya I noticed that, too. now if I could just predict what 3 or 4 kits I am going to build from plans or short kits soon. I think I know at least a couple.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:27 pm

I wonder if you could use bamboo as an alternative. Light and strong i would think.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:30 pm

From my experience,the fiber glass bends then the frame rails break,no big deal just re-glue,patch go fly.But with carbon there is no flex.I guess either way your going to need some sort of repair if you hit hard enough to flex a fiber glass tube.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:00 pm

guckrob wrote:
Zombie [2point0] wrote:
guckrob wrote:
gus wrote:https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/plastic_rods_tubes_shapes/epoxy_tubing/144


Thanks! I saw that site in the other thread, but looked for "fiberglass" instead of "epoxy". That's a good price, but the shipping is (understandably) twice the item price. I'm going to look around, but might have to just eat it.


Think ahead if you decide to order. I notice the shipping is the same for multiple tubes or one. I tried three tubes and shipping didn't change. Still flat 15 bucks.


ya I noticed that, too. now if I could just predict what 3 or 4 kits I am going to build from plans or short kits soon. I think I know at least a couple.


Don’t mark my words, but I heard primos will be next on the chopping block! Great timing for this subject :rockon:
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:01 pm

I agree with cf in the smaller birds. I put a cf tube in my Skeeter 36 that I built.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:34 pm

good looking bird,much better than i can do.how much does it weigh.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:16 am

i use walmart arrow shafts in my small stuff. been using carbon in my lamyaks. of course, i don't pile them in much like i did when learning backwards rudder stuff. at 2.5 lb. the carbon plenty strong. bought several 12mm from hk a whilr back.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:34 am

sparkplug wrote:good looking bird,much better than i can do.how much does it weigh.


Thanks sparkplug.
As pictured there with no gear it is 10.95 oz.
I'm not the lightest builder out there, but I think that is in the ballpark of the 36" wingspan birds.
A quick guesstimate of the gear weight puts it at around 20 oz RTF wight.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:12 pm

Straight up- that skeeter looks sweet :rockon:
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:23 pm

looks good and a floater for sure.way less than a glow.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:00 pm

Thanks guys :D
When I built it I put a Mojo style top and canopy on it - almost identical to my Mojo 25 in my avitar. The original Skeeter is a lot more straight. So I call it a MoSkeeter
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:29 pm

Straightup wrote:Thanks guys :D
When I built it I put a Mojo style top and canopy on it - almost identical to my Mojo 25 in my avitar. The original Skeeter is a lot more straight. So I call it a MoSkeeter


Sure is pretty! Thanks for tip. Got a Skeeter sitting here to build at some point. May put a Mojo top on mine too.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:40 pm

Straightup wrote:So I call it a MoSkeeter


You can never have too many Skeeters.
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Re: Tubes, Fiberglass vs Carbon

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:03 am

say it again,skeeter looks good.was that a kit or plans,i looked at pics 3 times,bet its going to fly sweet.be nice to have one.what power system are you planing to use.im new to el planes,but impressed.
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