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Old 30 May 2006, 02:33   #1
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Console repair

First time out with my new engine on Saturday. I broke my console during a rather enthusiastic flying session...

How do I fix it? It's cracked in the circled bits from the corners of the cutout following the horizontal. The cracks in the gel have gone right to the corners of the console.

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Old 30 May 2006, 03:14   #2
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Others maybe more qualified than me to anwser this, but after playing around with epoxy resin recently, I bet you could back it inside with epxoy resin, biaxial tape(multidirectional glass cloth, very very strong once resined) and a layer of resin fillet blend (resin paste).

Once that is done you could sand back the top service in the area concerned and apply a resin top coat in that area, sand smooth, paint or gelcoat it.

I have spare epoxy resin, biaxial tape, fillet blend if you want to pop across it probably would not take long.

I would be interrested in hearing from any experts though just in case I'm quoting bad methods, but this approach has built a console that would give a sledge hammer trouble.

How's the Mariner 50, goes well I hope?

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PS if need be email or PM me and I will email my numbers to have a chat re using some resin stuff.(no charge, its left overs from my console project)
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Obviously a bit late now, but if you had radiused the corner instead of having a sharp corner it might have lasted a bit longer .........
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Agree with Narc's method. However, before all that i would cut or drill the corner of the console opening to give a no square corner. I would also drill a very small(~2mm) hole through the end of the crack. That will reduce the stress concetration at the crack tip, and stop it growing. Then just fill the hole with epoxy when your doing the inside surface with glass.
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Cheers guys!

I'll see what I can turn up around here first but I may well take you up on that Narcosis-ta!


The mariner 50 is awesomely good compared with the old blueband-fast enough that I found out what people mean about chinewalking over 40mph from an sr4

Went down to a 13" prop after that and still hit 39 mph but take-off was soo much better.
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Hi

I would make a stainless steel n section to bolt on the outside and the same in marine ply to glass inside and then fix the stainless using mud guard repair washers (large diameter) to spread the load on the ply.
Can you make the opening any smaller as this would increase the strength?
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