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Old 12-08-2005, 10:41 PM   #11
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If you are using nitrate dope as your first coat, you shouldn't have a tautness problem. Just ensure that the fabric is as wrinkle free as possible before you stick it to the airframe. The nitrate dope has a shrinking tendency on its own. It should shrink enough to make the fabric very taut. Back in the day they did not use heat guns, just the dope and fabric. Now there is one advantage to a fabric that will shrink with heat. If you don't shrink it when you first apply it to the airframe, later in the airplanes life if you get a rub in the fabric that dents or stretches it but does not puncture it, you can use your heat gun then to shrink the fabric with the dope on it and it will tighten right up. No further repair is necessary if there is no structural damage of course. I have done this with my Beaver. I put it down on something that was poking up and put a stretch/dent in the bottom the size of a quarter and about a 1/4" deep. Went home put the heat to it and to my surprise it shrunk tight as a drum. Needless to say I was VERY happy.
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