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Old 12-12-2021, 07:17 PM
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Default Wedge style trim tabs; where to buy?

I was looking for all options on the wedge style trim tabs. I know rv plastics sells them but dont like the idea of the plastic deteriorating.

Does anyone know other sellers/options for the wedge style trim tabs?
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Old 12-12-2021, 10:15 PM
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I 3D printed myself one. OK, yeah, it's plastic. But plastics don't all deteriorate rapidly (our canopies for example).
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Old 12-12-2021, 10:18 PM
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Mine is a balsa wedge covered in monokote, then prosealed on. The airplane is hangared and the wedge looks like new after 20 years.
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Old 12-12-2021, 10:22 PM
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Easy to make from left over foam used in trim tab, plus a layer or two of fiberglass/epoxy. First use a balsa wood wedge, stuck on with tape, cut it down trial and error until you have the right size. Then duplicate with foam/glass.
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Old 12-12-2021, 11:15 PM
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Rans sells a nice adjustable bump style trim unit. Even comes with the VHB tape to mount it.

Sorry, I dont have a part number or cost------but I can attest to how well it works.
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Old 12-13-2021, 05:08 AM
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My 8 has a tab on the rudder. Balsa TE stock about 8 long. Experimented with the length to get it right then covered with mono coat and stuck with tape.
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Old 12-13-2021, 05:21 PM
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You can buy composite shims at your local hardware store and stick it on with tape till you get it adjusted just right.

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Old 12-13-2021, 08:55 PM
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https://www.rvplasticparts.com/produ...der-trim-wedge
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Old 12-13-2021, 10:18 PM
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Default Rudder tab

Elevator trailing edge wedge. 6" piece.
https://store.vansaircraft.com/aex-w...e-11-9x20.html
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Old 12-15-2021, 08:41 AM
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Didn't realize vans had them, thank you for the replies.
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