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Ernie13/03/2018 09:11:02
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Hi guys from a warm sunny France (hee hee)

Now, my lovely fokker is sitting beside me in a part covered state. BUT it's half covered in solartex, and I just don't reckon I have enough to finish it. Two rolls of antique would be enough, maybe one at a pinch. There is a french shop that lists it as available, but after a month wait, they have decided it's (rupture de stock) ie there's none left

So three questions does anyone have a couple of rolls to sell me,

what is a very close alternative.

is there any available in the UK

ernie

Denis Watkins13/03/2018 09:25:10
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I will look out for some

at the LMA Haydock Show

A week on Sunday Earnie

Cuban813/03/2018 09:41:18
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Sussex Model Centre have it in stock **LINK**

Noticed it yesterday when I bought some white 'tex from them.

Edit..........sorry it's on seven day backordercrying

Edited By Cuban8 on 13/03/2018 09:43:21

Denis Watkins13/03/2018 09:44:58
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it is marked thus now Cuban, was beaten by the rush

* This product is not available from stock, the items will be backordered from supplier. Delivery will take between 5-7 working days & orders will be despatched when complete.

Wilco Wingco13/03/2018 09:56:15
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Check out Hobby King, I got some there last week?.

Jim Carss13/03/2018 10:02:20
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Ernie

.totemhobbies.co.uk/shop/solartex-antiqu

Jim Carss13/03/2018 10:03:58
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Ernie

made a duff job of the link but Totem hobbies in Plymouth are showing Antique tex in stock

David Davis13/03/2018 11:44:30
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If you get stuck Ernie I have about 3.5 metres of Antique you could have. It's Linen and Dark Green I'm looking for.

As for "very close alternatives" Oratex offer a similar product but it looks a bit lighter in weight and a bit paler in shade. It's also more expensive.

One of my colleagues is building a model replica of the Farman 11 in which his grandfather was killed in the Great War. It's not finished yet but it will be covered in Antique Oratex.

exposition (8) - copy.jpg

Cuban813/03/2018 12:38:39
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After the Solarfilm/tex panic of recent weeks, I looked into Oratex and was surprised that certain grades of their product are certified for use on full size aircraft, particularly homebuilts. Clearly a missed trick by Solarfilm after the disappearing modelling market for their 'tex offerings, Given the huge EAA presence in the 'states , I wonder if Solarfilm (the company) ever saw full size aviation as being a viable business option? Obviously not.

Ernie13/03/2018 15:48:09
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Hi Guys, and thanks; I'm working through your ideas, SMC might get some in, and Totem have only one roll. I wonder how close oratex is. Ie solartex top of wings, and Oratex below.

Like the farman David.......Ill try a few more shops before I panic

ernie

trebor13/03/2018 16:10:58
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Whats going on Solarfilm market ? **LINK**

David Davis13/03/2018 16:16:13
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Posted by Ernie on 13/03/2018 15:48:09:

Hi Guys, and thanks; I'm working through your ideas, SMC might get some in, and Totem have only one roll. I wonder how close oratex is. Ie solartex top of wings, and Oratex below.

Like the farman David.......Ill try a few more shops before I panic

ernie

A club colleague adopted that strategem with a Piper Cub finished in American WW2 colours. Solartex Dark Green on top of the wing and Oracover underneath. There is a noticeable difference in shade, Solartex is a green and Oracover more of a khaki, but you can't see both surfaces at the same time.

Cuban813/03/2018 17:06:58
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Oratex appears to need to have the adhesive applied to the airframe rather than having it already pre-coated on the covering itself as with Solartex.

Alan Gorham_13/03/2018 17:29:08
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No than's not right. You can buy Oratex for full-size aircraft that needs the adhesive to be applied to the airframe, but model Oratex, such as this:

**LINK**

has it's own adhesive backing, just like Solartex. Yes, you can buy an adhesive called Hotmelt as well, but this is intended to be used like Balsaloc is with Solartex - ie as an extra.

Paul Marsh13/03/2018 17:50:35
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There were 3 x 10m rolls at the Delyn Swapmeet last weekend. 3 rolls of antique, there was a green, red and some others - in the 10m roll.

Best thing is go to the swapmeets - there is always film for sale...

Dave Hopkin13/03/2018 18:32:46
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......But sooner or later the stocks of Tex will be sold and there will be no more, Oratex is available but costly

What alternative fabrics are there to use

As a kid I used Nylon and Dope, is there any fabric on sale that heat shrinks that's not aimed at the modelling market, is there a specfic "breed" of polyester that will shrink under an iron??

Don Fry13/03/2018 18:39:36
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Dave, economise on eating, buy the Oratex. You know it makes sense. The airframe is worth it.

Don Fry13/03/2018 18:44:49
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But being serious, the ultra light aircraft shrink fabrics like Ceconite, work well. There are on line application instructions which are good. They sell a glue. Don't bother, balsaloc, or equivalents are good for us. Ceconite cone by the yard, off a ( I assume, six foot) width. Cheap.

Edited By Don Fry on 13/03/2018 18:45:18

Dave Hopkin13/03/2018 18:45:47
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Posted by Don Fry on 13/03/2018 18:39:36:

Dave, economise on eating, buy the Oratex. You know it makes sense. The airframe is worth it.

Care to explain that one to SWMBO? I'll have the ambulance and blood transfusion people on standby

Edited By Dave Hopkin on 13/03/2018 18:46:47

Don Fry13/03/2018 19:07:58
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Any reasonable cook can feed you like a king on 3 quid a day. Ask her what a pair of shoes cost. Don't be fobbed off by the cost of a shoe, mind.

Or even, get a whippit. Bit of preparation then needed.

And is she more frightening that the IRA.

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