- Nov 14, 2009
- Rocky Mountains
The Aeronca paper gussets are probably denser than the more traditional wood gussets (especially if you soak the paper with something like West) and therefor probably do have less strength to weight ratio. But they are thinner than the wood and the old ribs weigh just a bit less than replacements made with wood. The weight differance is insignificant and a good cleaning under the seat would remove as much weight from the plane :nervous:But they are not as strong as plywood for their weight. While your method works, I'm sure it was heavier than it needed to be.
I don't think you can beat the time or cost factor with any other material. For your particular interest the strength to weight ratio is most important and will suggest the use of other material.