design of wood wing structure with fuel tanks

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spectre_man

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Mar 13, 2003
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Hello,
I've seen and read lots of literature on different types of
wooden wing structures, and some on metal wings, but I
have never seen anything on design and construction of
wet wings. Does anyone with experience want to offer
a primer, or a suggestion for reading/viewing references?
thanks,

Jude
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orion

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Wood and fuel - not exactly the best combination.

Ever fly RC airplanes? I know most folks who do, have at one time or another had the fuel tank burst. Once the tank starts to leak and the fuel soaks into the wood, the model has a very limited life left since it is almost guaranteed that the contaminated bonds will fail.

For a wooden structure I would recommend making a seperate aluminum or fiberglass tank - I would not even try to make a wet wing.
 

dragsternut

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wet,wood wings

i have got lots of experiencs with wet wings in mooneys , and bladders in beach craft , all wet wings are sealed with prc and they still leak after time , wood wings flex to much to hold the seal , as posted above models do crack takes and they are plastic , if u seal wood it will not soak like balsa , BUT it will still fuel soak , if it is in the budget it would be best to have a bladder made for your aplication or build a light weight aluminum tank , as i feel that fiberglass tanks are to heavy
 
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