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Old 10-14-2018, 02:51 PM
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Question Any use for an unusable stabilizer

So after trying to do the RV-8 Horizontal Stabilizer SB, and failing, I had to rebuild a new stabilizer. I just finished.

Before I throw the old one away, I thought I would ask: Is there any reason to keep or do something with the old one?

I have no desire to keep it as "art". I thought I could maybe cut up the skins for scrap aluminum, but I'm not sure that would be worth the effort, and they also are not flat, plus I have enough scrap to finish up, and don't really need more.

So, any ideas before it goes down to the recycling center?

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Old 10-14-2018, 03:01 PM
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When you decide what to do, let me know, as I have two unusable horizontal stabs

I keep them in the corner as a reminder to take my time and check before I drill. Eventually I think they will form a coffee table or similar.
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Old 10-14-2018, 03:09 PM
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Art smart - make a desk out of it....that can at least be used!!!! ;^)
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:16 PM
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Keep it - you'll end up using various parts for scrap metal to (re)build other parts before the plane is done.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:14 PM
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Holy smokes what a cool desk Doug just posted!!! Also, I agree, keep it for the scrap, that 0.032 will come in handy for sure.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:15 PM
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Desk is cool but Iíd go for bar counter personally

But either way Doug has a great idea. Even if you donít desire an item of furniture yourself the company that makes this stuff might well want to buy your HS.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:49 PM
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What part of the HS stabilizer is 'failed', making it all unusable?

Please PM me if you wish not to answer out in the open.... But that is a good sized assembly to get to the end and think 'Eh, that won't fly'. 90% of the time what I thought was a horrible 'throw it away' mistake turned out to be just a minor fix from Vans. Makes me paranoid all my flying parts I spend months on are trash and I don't know it.

EDIT: I just saw it was during the SB this did not work...... Inquiring mind still would like to learn if you can PM me. Thanks.....
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:24 PM
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Default donate it to businesses

I agree with others, keep it for scraps until you're finished with the build.

Autograph then donate it to a business (restaurants, etc.). You'll have a permanent public wall art. Think of Wing Stop, or any business associated with aviation or the airport.

That's a nice desk Doug..
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:06 PM
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:20 PM
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I finished my plane 25 years ago and I still find uses for my box of parts.

BTW, when I finished my plane I had an extra aileron and rudder. Welcome to the island of misfit toys.
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