Source for strut fairings...

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  1. Nov 8, 2019 #1

    MadProfessor8138

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    Does anyone know who offers the plastic strut fairing covers now ?

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    A Google search for plastic streamline strut fairings turned up a number of hits. I did not follow further, but some looked interesting.
     
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    Do you want strut fairings, or streamlined struts?
     
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    I would like to find the plastic covers that the attached pic shows....they slide over the tubing.
    A Google search brought up a few sites but the majority want a minimum order of a couple 100 feet... or they were priced about $15 a foot.
    I remember buying some of this material,years ago,and it was priced around $5 - $6 a foot......but I cant remember where I got it though.
    Thought maybe someone might know of a good source at a decent price now...

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    FritzW.....that is the material that I'm looking for and I have seen that exact article.
    Unfortunately,Ultralight News is just a publication and they don't sell anything....they didn't even list a supplier in the article.
    That article is fairly old also....
    Did you see something in the article that I overlooked?
    Who is the manufacturer/supplier ?

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    Dana.....I've read that article and it's pretty informative.
    To be honest though...with the enormity of this build,those fairing are something that I would rather purchase instead of spending time & money fabricating.
    I'm having to weigh time against money on several things at this point......

    Kevin
     
  9. Nov 10, 2019 at 2:05 AM #9

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    Hot wire foam to the streamline shape, epoxy to round strut, and cut fabric to 2" wide strips or use leftover pinking tape and glue (Tite-Bond) and wrap the tube and foam shape with a little overlap and smooth and paint. If you want to spend more money use epoxy resin and light fiberglass cloth and a mixture of micro-balloons and resin for a filler, sand and paint. The foam and pinking tape and glue worked good on my friends Mini-Max. Gained 7 mph in cruise powered by a 1/2 VW. Still good after over a thousand hours of flying.
     
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    Hey Kevin, are you looking for something as simple as Mike Arnold's strut fairing?

     
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    This is a good idea, but also the most expensive unless you already have glass/resin/foam on hand. The link to https://www.uflyit.com/streamline_fairings.htm is probably your best off the shelf solution.
     
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    I’ve got some pieces of the uflyit on the Cuby. Instead of building a new gear cabane, I used the streamline fairing. It has been very effective.
     

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