Our miniature piano hinges are unique in that they are very small and are
available in lengths up to 30" (30 inches) long. The longer lengths, as
compared to a standard hinge, can be very helpful in many applications.
Nelson Hobby hinges were used in a dive brake assembly in an award winning
Dauntless model. Our hinges prove to be totally functional and realistic
when used in scale models.
Cessna aircraft aileron hinges are commonly piano hinges and run the full
length of the ailerons. The hinge prevents any airflow going through the
hinge line, thus increasing the efficiency of the ailerons. As a bonus,
the ailerons can be removed by pulling out the hinge pin.
Scale split flaps can be duplicated with these hinges. Many WWII aircraft
as well as some jets use split flaps. Operating hatches can also be easily
and realistically hinges with our miniature piano hinges. Loading gear and
bomb bay doors are another application. The 3/8" (3/8 inch) wide brass
plated steel hinges are excellent for operating cockpit doors, such as on
a J-3 Cub, as well as inspection hatches and canopy hinges.
Brass Plated Steel
Miniature hinges are brass plated milled steel 0.017" (0.017 inches) thick.
The hinge pin is steel of 0.048" diameter.
Hinges are available three widths. When we say the flange
width is 1/2", we mean that each side of the hinge is 1/4" wide, but laid
flat the hinge is 1/2" wide. Full-scale piano hinges are usually 1" to
1 1/2" wide. The sizes of hinges offered can come
very close to exact scale, depending on the scale of the model.
The hinge pin diameter is the same for all hinges.
The hinges are available in 10", 20", and 30" lengths. The lengths of the
individual hinge units are 0.200" wide.
Heavy Duty Hinge
We also have a 3/4" width standard hinge that is more of a heavy duty
hardware-store-type hinge. Typically this hinge would not be used for
model applications. This hinge is also available in the 10", 20", and 30"