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Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« on: July 23, 2020, 06:19:47 AM »
I'm looking for a source for .010" 2024 T3 aluminum wing skin material.  The usual aircraft supply houses only carry as thin as .016"
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Any articles on how to construct an alloy wing?
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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2020, 07:47:57 AM »
I'm looking for a source for .010" 2024 T3 aluminum wing skin material.  The usual aircraft supply houses only carry as thin as .016"
ALSO...
Any articles on how to construct an alloy wing?
Thank You!

What is the wingspan of this model?

Drawings?
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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2020, 09:23:03 AM »
I'm curious as to why you ask?  Does this material only come in certain sizes?

What is the wingspan of this model?

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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2020, 11:45:46 AM »
Dave,

     I have a roll, 4 x 8 or 10 ft that came out of Boeing surplus many years ago.  I know that I have cut off less than a foot off to make 1 or 2 wings.  Unfortunately you are probably 1700 miles from me in Utah and shipping would be prohibitive.  Possibly I could have a strip sheared off and rolled to ship in a box.  Alternately many have used rolled aluminum flashing available in the roofing section of your local home improvement store.  It is available in various thicknesses including .010" in various widths from 6" to 12".  I think it is a bit softer but makes very serviceable wings.  The bends for the leading edge are made across the grain to prevent cracking.
    There are a number of active speed flyers in Ohio that should be able to help you out.

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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2020, 12:22:45 PM »
I'm curious as to why you ask?  Does this material only come in certain sizes?

I'm asking because if it's a large model with suitable wing loading, constructing the thing with aluminum with good results, may be possible.

There have been many modelers over the years who have been successful with models built out of aluminum. And some not so successful.
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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2020, 12:57:57 PM »
Jim,
Thank You for the info.  I'll look into the flashing material.  Altho..I may take you up on a piece rolled up and shipped to Cleveland Ohio area.

Dave,

     I have a roll, 4 x 8 or 10 ft that came out of Boeing surplus many years ago.  I know that I have cut off less than a foot off to make 1 or 2 wings.  Unfortunately you are probably 1700 miles from me in Utah and shipping would be prohibitive.  Possibly I could have a strip sheared off and rolled to ship in a box.  Alternately many have used rolled aluminum flashing available in the roofing section of your local home improvement store.  It is available in various thicknesses including .010" in various widths from 6" to 12".  I think it is a bit softer but makes very serviceable wings.  The bends for the leading edge are made across the grain to prevent cracking.
    There are a number of active speed flyers in Ohio that should be able to help you out.

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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2020, 01:03:32 PM »
Speed models use this construction method quite successfully all the time.  Beats carving an accurate airfoil AND allows leadouts to be inside the wing without "trenching".
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I'm asking because if it's a large model with suitable wing loading, constructing the thing with aluminum with good results, may be possible.

There have been many modelers over the years who have been successful with models built out of aluminum. And some not so successful.
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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2020, 07:55:27 PM »
Made many F2a wings from aluminum flashing. Still have the tooling and the special glue.


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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2020, 08:30:31 PM »
Is there any spar or anything inside of the wing?
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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2020, 09:03:38 AM »
Yes, usually hardwood.
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Re: Source for .010" aluminum wing skin material?
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2020, 01:41:31 PM »
Jim Rhoades...PM sent.
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