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Old 01-12-2018, 06:51 AM
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Default Wing Root foam

Can the 12 be flown without the wing root foam? Would like to fly awhile before painting and I was told the foam is a B*#$% to remove.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:40 AM
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I bought some rubber U-channel and put it on the wing instead of foam on the fuselage. Will probably go back to foam if/when we repaint, but it's working fine.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:38 AM
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Can the 12 be flown without the wing root foam? Would like to fly awhile before painting and I was told the foam is a B*#$% to remove.
I haven't tried it with nothing, but during flight testing I was using electrical tape to seal the gap, so that is an option. You just have to avoid stretching the tape at all during installation.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:50 AM
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I flew mine without the foam prior to painting and only noticed a little more ventilation.

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Old 01-12-2018, 10:38 AM
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Default I've been using rubber U-channel

for 7 years. I think it was a Beechcraft door seal. Works great.

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Old 01-12-2018, 11:23 AM
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Love the tape idea as it is winter her in Pa and I am sure I will be flying in cold weather prior to painting

Thanks everyone!
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:13 PM
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I put this on several years ago. RTV about every 6" on inside. Can remove easy.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:59 PM
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Foam in the wing root? Is that something new?

Edit: Oh I get it now. The foam weatherstripping tape. Thought you were referring to something else.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:30 AM
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I did not install mine until it was painted. Six months of flying without a problem. I didn't notice a difference with it off or on.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:16 AM
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I did not install mine until it was painted. Six months of flying without a problem. I didn't notice a difference with it off or on.
Same here ...
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