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Allrighty, it only took a couple of nice harrier tail drags to knock all the moneykote off the tip of the rudder on the OMP Edge. And I noticed the balsa is already soaking up oil and getting funky.

Anybody come up with a novel way of protecting the tail of you profile without adding a lot of weight? I plan on repeating the harrier tail drags as often as possible :wink: and new moneykote will probably last no longer than the first did!
 

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what about a thin strip of lexan or polycarbonate glued to the bottom rear edge of the tail?

I have some scrap carbon fiber sheet laying round too that a small piece could be fashioned from.

Kinda reminds me of skateboarding back in the 80s when there was an industry of selling rails, and protectors for the trucks and stuff so that nothing would get all scratched up on your shiny new board.

don't worry that the boards were heavy as hell and all the pros used very little of that stuff anyhow :)

but a small sliver of plastic, like 1/8th or thnner would probably hold up ok with little weight and hardly noticeable on the plane.
 

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I like the scars. Kind of add character to the plane, and makes it clear where you stand in relation to rule 9!!!
 

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Yeah I like the scraped off monokote but that is cool because mine is E powered so no glow fuel to worry about.

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Have you heard of the Z Boys of Dogtown?
 

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You might try leaving the scars , sealing the wood with thin CA, and keep on flying!
 

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PAR said:
You might try leaving the scars , sealing the wood with thin CA, and keep on flying!
I'm building a Burrito now... Maybe I should just seal the tail before it's covered. I'm sure I'll be dragging it like a ProBro in a few weeks. :roll:
 

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did this awhile ago worked well its just thin aluminum maybe 1/64" cut to fit with about 1/8" reveil around the rudder tip and roughed up with 100grit and CA'd to the rudder after the covering was cut away where it needed to be... :D
 

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On second thought - make a foam rudder & leave it bare. Make extra rudders. Then drag them on the runway & write your name - Wizzard font, if you're good enough!
 

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I ground down my rudders fliying off asphalt at the Cinci Pro Bro.

I left 'em that way cause it looks cool; and it's usually not worth fixing because these planes have a shorter lifespan than most.
 

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I also put a wing tip skid on my rudder. I have worn alot of it proudly away.

Another idea is to cut up a credit card or similar material and glue it on. Smitty777 did that while he still had some rudder left and he hasn't lost anymore since. I did the same to my wing tips and have not had to add coating since. We fly off oiled hard pack (sand paper).
 

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Put a strip of 1/4" wide .007 carbon fiber on the bottom...

Personally, I think the rubbed off moneycote is kinda like the roughed up half moon shape you get on your thumb after having a big day catching Hybrids or Striped bass... :lol: You get a real feeling that you earned that worn out spot!
 

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I do the CF trick too. I just glue a couple (size dependent) of CF rods to the tail and let them stick out a little bit so I have some material to wear out. Lasts a good while so far. Hell if you want it to last for dang near ever just use some thin steel rods and give them a little downward bend. Anything works!!!
 

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Oh, come on guys, use a magnesium rudder-skid, fly over tarmac, and put on a real show :)
THATS where its at! think that might piss off the CJ's any? NO pyrotechnics allowed!! YEAH RIGHT.
 

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This is a concern with my foam slope combat gliders that have no landing gear and have to belly land on tiny landing zones. Most of us will thin Goop glue with Xylene or Tuolene to the consistency of maple syrup, then paint a thin coat over the covering of areas that impact the ground. The next day it makes that part of the covering VERY durable. It puts a coating on it, yet it's still flexible so it doesn't flake off. Might work. Definitely works on combat gliders that make rough belly landings in the rocks. Without it the covering takes a beating.

Mike
 
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