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Cutaway
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Ripple printed aircraft control columns

Post by Cutaway » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:33 am

Does anyone know who made the 'ripple print' grips used in RAF Aircraft?, also how were they made?, what was used to make the surface?. Any help would be greatful.

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Re: Ripple printed aircraft control columns

Post by G4UMW » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:39 am

Don't know how they were made but Dunlop did a lot of them.

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Re: Ripple printed aircraft control columns

Post by Malcolm » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:58 pm

I don't know for sure, but I'd suspect they are heat shrunk.

Basically, heat shrink is rubber tube, available in many colours and textures, with diameters ranging from a few mm to several inches. You place it over the object you want covered and then heat it with a hot air gun - like a glorified hair dryer. The rubber tube then shrinks to about one third to one quarter of it's original diameter, encasing the object. We use it for covering electrical cables and connectors, but I can see no reason not to use it on other things. Sometimes the tubing is lined with a heat activated glue that melts with the activation of the heat gun, and then sticks (like sh*t to a blanket!) to anything that it comes in contact with.

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/cables-wi ... ves/?sra=p

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Grey Ghost
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Re: Ripple printed aircraft control columns

Post by Grey Ghost » Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:32 am

I have one from a Whirlwind 10 and the part number plate on it confirms it was made by Dunlop. P/N AC60966.

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