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Old 11-05-2007, 08:31 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by hifly2104
Maybe you should check the economics also Last time I bought a Super Coverite it was around $75. for a 4'x15' roll which by the way can be bought in colours. Now this roll of covering you have bought cost $12.99 and will probably take 4 rolls or more to cover both wings.
Mind you it is your plane so go for it
I personally didn't realize Super Coverite came in colour'd rolls. A few years back when I first tried this product on a SeaMaster, I just loved how easy it was to iron on and flawlessly around even the most compound curves.

When I decided to finish my 1/4 scale Cub with the Super Coverite, I found I had 3 full builders rolls and a small roll stached away. So this is what I will be using for this and the next project for sure.

I have used ColourTex coloured fabrics and I really liked them too but I found unless you use a clear coat on top and pay particular attention to the seams, they do fade over time and the seams become a bit tattered and ratty looking. IT all comes down to a matter of personal choice...what do you plan on doing with the model? If you want to just have fun and fly it, then go with whats more economical and looks reasonably good. Fly and have fun!

If you want a model that as closely duplicates a particular full sized plane (eg J3 Cub ) as possible, then take your time, spend the extra dollars and do it right, especially if you plan on entering Scale competitions with it, where it will be statically judged for looks as well as flying!

Thats the real beauty of this hobby. Its your plane, do it the way that makes you feel happy with it, and most of all HAVE FUN. Don't try to do more than you personally feel comfortable with NO MATTER what others say or think OR you'll get so bogged with details it will become frustrating for you and you'll either just quit working on it or shove it to the side for years... ( Ask me how I know that one ). No matter how well you do it there will always be someone who'll say " You shoulda done this or shoulda did that"! Ask questions, take the advice for what its worth to you, say thankyou and choose/use only what suits you! Again, ITS YOUR PLANE, Do it your way and have fun with it!
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:14 AM   #12
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Economical covering

If you would like to still use fabric, try polyester dress lining from the fabric store. It dopes on just like SIG Koverall and shrinks well with an iron or heat gun. On using both, I swear Koverall is just repackaged polyester fabric as are so many items in this hobby. The process I use is to brush some slightly thinned Balsarite for fabric (there are two types for fabric and film) on all the structure that will need covering attached. Then cover just as you would any heat shrink covering job. The only exception being when you overlap a seam, you have to brush on a little more balsarite on the fabric you're overlapping. You can then fill the weave with whatever method you choose. I still like the smell of dope every now and then, so I give the whole thing a couple of coats of clear nitrate mixed with scented baby powder. (smells great when you sand it!) After that, you can paint to your hearts content. Best of all, expect to pay about $3 a yard.
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:30 PM   #13
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OOps sorry about the coloured Super Coverite I should have said 21st Century by Coverite. Just google super coverite and follow the links
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:41 PM   #14
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I'm now thinking about doing polyester and dope. Does anyone know any good links/sources for more detailed techniques?
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