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Old 10-16-2016, 09:46 AM   #1
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Looking ahead to my 1/6 scale beaver project and possible coverings I started considering fabric coverings. I've never used this stuff and am curious about several things. The difficulty in using it, is the finished product more authentic looking than the typical plastic iron on, in other words the good, bad and the possibly ugly. Any advice is appreciated. TIA
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:28 PM   #2
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Re: Solartex - bush plane covering?

Coverite makes a prepainted light fabric covering. Solartex from Europe is more heavy duty and can be painted. Have used it years ago and is very durable. If you want a more scale looking airplane stay away from plastics. Fairly easy to apply but the biggest thing is a clean balsa aircraft so the heat activated side will stick. ALWAYS use a tack wrag to final clean the
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:37 PM   #3
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Re: Solartex - bush plane covering?

It's very nice to work with, goes around curved surfaces very easily. The only catch is that the real Beaver was not fabric covered. It is all metal. The solartex will have a weave that is not scale. If that doesn't bother you, go for it. The end result is very strong as well.

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Re: Solartex - bush plane covering?

Prime , sand, light prime and paint and you can have a glass finish. Done it several times. AND if you want the real scale metal finish ; don't forget the rivits....now that is work.

Believe the early beavers had fabric covered control surfaces but which were probably changed in later years to aluminum.

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Re: Solartex - bush plane covering?

Covered a quarter scale Tiger Moth with full scale cloth, (seconite Selling?) very light and worked great. Painted the frame with Stik-it (think that's what it's called) then ironed the fabric tight. Primed with Home Hardware late primer and there it sits year later, got to get back to it. Looking for Tigerschmidt colour scheme.
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:21 PM   #6
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Re: Solartex - bush plane covering?

Yes Ceconite comes in three grades of covering with the lite coming in at about 1.87 oz per sq yard. Don't believe there is a heat activated glue on the backing so some sort of heat activated glue would have to be applied to the wood frame first. Stitts also have a similiar covering.
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I believe Solartex needs a coat of clear sprayed over top or it gets dirty really quickly.
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Re: Solartex - bush plane covering?

Used Solartex for the first time last winter on a TopFlite Stinson SR9 and it worked beautifully. Easy to apply around curves etc., and sticks/shrinks very well. Gave it a coat of primer, sanded lightly, then two light coats of paint. Used Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2X Coat paint and Klitz white primer.
Building Mr. AeroDesign Beaver this winter and plan to cover/paint using same method. Worked for me!
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Re: Solartex - bush plane covering?

I am a fan of Solartex as well. Easy to use and very durable.
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