Saturday, December 10, 2016

Estes Long Tom #3016 Build, Part 11, Screw Eye Install

To the left is the screw eye supplied in the kit. The threads are too small to effectively lock into the balsa adapter.

On the right is the screw eye I replaced it with. It's the same length but the threads are wider.

At club launches I see ejection separations where screw eyes pull out of balsa.

TIP: For a straight screw eye install - go slow.
Screw the eye in one full turn, stop and check for straightness.

If it's crooked (like on the left) push it up straight then continue screwing in another full turn. check again.

As normal, remove the screw eye and squirt in some glue. re-inset the screw eye.

The pictures show a straight, strong install.

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