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I use margerine containers.
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No, no, the best has to be tuna fish cans...
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No, no, the best has to be tuna fish cans...
But they don't survive the flexing to get the hardened epoxy out.
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But they don't survive the flexing to get the hardened epoxy out.
If you poke a hole in the bottom you can string em together and make a home series drogue!
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Re: Building an emergency rudder- 2 questions;

Thanks, guys! Tons of great ideas here. I talked with a friend of mine (fiberglass, paint guy, who does a lot of this work for a living), and discovered that I probably should have mixed in some high density filler (404) with the epoxy for my layers in between. I had planned on creating a groove and burying a length of stainless angle along the long axis, but he seemed to think that wasn't absolutely necessary as long as I thickened the epoxy for the outer layers of cloth that I use to glass the exterior of the rudder. I may still do that just to be absolutely sure. I could add one more layer with the 404 mixed in just to be sure...
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Re: Building an emergency rudder- 2 questions;

You may want to check the bond between the layers of foam core, it may not have bonded because epoxy will "soak in" when not thickened. Best to find out now! good luck!
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