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Post  batjac Sat Aug 13, 2022 9:35 pm

I was just perusing WillyNillies website to look for anything new.  On the Accessories page there is a hinge tool for making fishing line hinges.  Not that I have ever used fishing line for a hinge, but the tool would be a great modern version of the Goldberg hinge tool I've used for decades.  This would work the same if you just push the needle in far enough that it would score a line on the balsa hingeline as you draw it down the balsa.

I'll have to order one next time a make a purchase from WillyNillies. I still have a couple of the Goldberg tools, but it doen't hurt to have an alternate on hand.

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Post  NEW222 Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:41 pm

That really looks neat. There is mention of a 3d file to download, but unfortunately I cannot find it.
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Post  GallopingGhostler Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:45 pm

I find his Cox engine electric motor mounts fascinating, very good job of mimicking these for the smaller out-runner motors. In flight it is hard to tell except for the electric whine, that it is not a Castor spewing Cox engine powering it.
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Post  cstatman Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:11 pm

i want to LOVE WillieNillies, I've bought a couple of their planes.

its the dang lack of instructions that just frustrates the heck out of me.

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Post  944_Jim Mon Aug 15, 2022 4:54 pm

I checked the instructions. This sure looks like a neat way to hinge little surfaces. The instructions indicated the 3d print files were in their site...I never found them. Maybe they got removed in order to prevent competition.

Had I found the file, I would work on figuring out my kid's 3d printer. If anyone here has it finds it, I'd love a copy. This way of hinging looks a lot cleaner than my "Frankenstein sewn hinges." Laughing
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Post  NEW222 Mon Aug 22, 2022 9:31 pm

944_Jim wrote:I checked the instructions. This sure looks like a neat way to hinge little surfaces. The instructions indicated the 3d print files were in their site...I never found them. Maybe they got removed in order to prevent competition.

Had I found the file, I would work on figuring out my kid's 3d printer. If anyone here has it finds it, I'd love a copy. This way of hinging looks a lot cleaner than my "Frankenstein sewn hinges." Laughing

Same here. I looked all over the site for it, as well as the FB group with no luck. I even sent a message to them through the website, but have not heard back yet either, and that was shortly after I posted above. But if I do find it ever, I will gladly share it with you.
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Post  Joe Petro Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:45 pm

I made a hinge tool. The upgraded version!
STL uploaded to the Facebook group:
Balsa Builders FB Group

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Post  rmjtools Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:10 pm

batjac wrote:I was just perusing WillyNillies website to look for anything new.  On the Accessories page there is a hinge tool for making fishing line hinges.  Not that I have ever used fishing line for a hinge, but the tool would be a great modern version of the Goldberg hinge tool I've used for decades.  This would work the same if you just push the needle in far enough that it would score a line on the balsa hingeline as you draw it down the balsa.

I'll have to order one next time a make a purchase from WillyNillies.  I still have a couple of the Goldberg tools, but it doen't hurt to have an alternate on hand.

The Snoopy Mark

FWIW I used to use sewn hinges for my Slow Combat planes in the 80’s. Using fishing line not the monofilament version. Just drill a series of 1/16” holes and tie a knot in one end of maybe a foot of line and make a needle point at the other with thin CA then do a figure 8 pattern. Pull it tight and wick thin CA in the holes. Works flawlessly and is cheap and you can cut it apart with a razor for repairs. Like a variation on cloth hinges without all the dope.
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