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    I've got 1/2 the fuselage covered. I've done no shrinking yet. I received a recommendation not glue the fabric to the top stringer. The thought is that we want the fabric to be able to move and slide without pulling the stringer to either side.

    It seems to me that a number of Builders have used a fuselage former for fabric attachment, but I probably mis-understood. Stewarts System procedures manual specifically allows this with a 1 inch overlap and the seam covered with a 2" finishing tape. However, my application may not be wise. The stringer is Aluminum stringer material l that all the kits come with....strong but not like steel tubing.

    At this point I have options and curious what the more experienced builders recommend.


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    Brooks Cone
    Southeast Michigan
    Patrol #303, Kit build

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    I avoided using the stringer as an overlap/glued structure to avoid the possible distortion of the stringer. The fabric pulls really hard. I missed this in another location and the fabric moved an aluminum piece that caused me some trouble later.
    Starting year 3 of my 2 year project!

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    • #3
      Fwiw...I used the stringer for a wrap around seam and a 1 inch overlap. Just shrink left righ left right slowly and evenly..do NOTshrink first side too much initially or it will pull stringer over and it will NOTcome back
      if u need to shrink first side to smooth out a bit before other side for smoother overlap be careful.. it will work out OK for you if u go back and forth carefully..again...fwiw. good.luck

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      • #4
        I would agree with Gary's post. Just shrink a little at a time, both sides. For the sides the fabric I am using says don't glue to the stringers until you shrink the fabric. After you shrink the fabric, then apply heat to the fabric/glue/stringers. Worked for me, and I used much less stiff wood stringers.

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        • #5
          Thanks!!

          I did some more research and I found two other Patrol's that were covered this way. I also got a favorable reply from an A&P/Stewarts fabric Guru/instructor. SO, I'll move hahah with caution. If I let the fabric speak to me.... I'll drum the fabric and listen for the tones.

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          Brooks Cone
          Southeast Michigan
          Patrol #303, Kit build

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          • #6
            We did ours the way you are doing it. With careful shrinking there was no problem. Only difference in ours is that we used a single piece of fabric to the top of the vertical stab which does not affect the stringer question at all.

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