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Kits Wire for wrapping cabane struts or pushrods

Discussion in 'Airplanes' started by mooserider, Apr 19, 2017.

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    Hi all, it's been a while! Started working on my biplane again and ran into a problem. It comes with four pieces of 'silver wire' used for wrapping the cabane struts and the split elevator push rod pieces. I forgot to put some inner pushrod pieces on the elevator push rods before soldering it all together, so I need to redo it and need another wire for wrapping it up before soldering. Is there anything special about this wire? My wife had a great idea... to use the wire from pipe cleaner or twist ties. They're about the right thickness and flexibility. So long as I clean them really well and it sticks when soldered, are there any concerns? Of course it would suck bad to have the elevator push rods come loose during flight!

    Thanks for any advice!
     


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    I have built a few Biplanes, but can't picture exactly what you are referring to. Not sure why you would have to wrap the cabane struts. Do you have to wrap the interplane struts as well? Could you post a picture please?

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    Hi Jim! It's actually the center cabane wires... maybe I shouldn't say struts (those are probably on the wings only). I attached two images from a pdf of the manual I found online. The elevatore push rod is the one I need to redo though.

    FYI, you can see this in the manual also: http://manuals.hobbico.com/gpm/gpma0170-manual.pdf
    Pages 19 & 22

    Thanks!

    pushrod.JPG

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    The cabane struts are the ones from the top of the fuselage, in front of the pilot and the interplane struts are away from the fuselage between the two wings or planes as they called hem back in the day. Looks like wire you are talking about is simply binding the points together for support. I would think any thin wire would work.

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    Cool, thank you Jim!
     
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