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cheeka

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Thanks a lot for the replies everyone! BoKu special thanks for taking the time for a detailed reply, your advice is well heeded although I am not sure if I can stop by at the shop. Thanks again guys!
 

Jay Kempf

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Old news really, there are thousands of bonded Lotus cars driving around for many years taking higher forces than aircraft do. The rivets you see are there only to stop peeling while curing.

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it's not a stretch to say that had Colin Chapman been alive today that there would be Lotus bonded aluminium planes in the sky today.

http://stargazer2006.online.fr/aircraft/pages/microlight.htm
And that evolved to Panoz where that technology really got good.
 

Bill-Higdon

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The BD-4 was a bolted aluminum angle fuselage with a thin Al skin bonded with Proseal, the wings were originally molded fiberglass sections that stacked together & were bonded to the tube spar with more proseal. Now the BD-1/American Yankee was bonded honeycomb.
 
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