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Tim Flyer02/12/2019 16:06:55
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Thank You Bruce I hope all well with you. We suffer the same strip problems as you I think. The only plane In using at the moment is my Wot4xl. It’s high wing reduces wing mud spray plus the large balloon wheels on my model and over power with OS 120ax means It will take off from the worst grass strips. The P47 is certainly a Model well worth waiting for I had a great summer flying mine. Yes I do like this clearcoat stuff I thinned it a bit and it’s a great balsa sealer & hardened plus film sticks very well to it . The only downside is that it’s not suitable for my decals. I tested it on a spare and it soon started lifting colours. I will test the two pack klass kote . Otherwise I will have to go safe I guess with polyurethane, which I’m not that keen on . The quest for decent non reactive fuel proof coating seems to have been running since the 1970s when I first started modelling.,.and I guess we’ll before!!

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Bruce Collinson02/12/2019 16:17:13
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Check out next month's RCM&E for my clubmate's prize winning letter re turning Carte d'Or ice cream tubs into mudguards! We also have sheep ...

Did you check Solarfilm for Clearcote? That was the point of my post!

BTC

Tim Flyer02/12/2019 16:33:27
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Tim Flyer02/12/2019 16:33:29
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Bruce no I didn’t check Andrew Hardman as I have a big supply of clearcoat as I bough some big cans a year ago at wings and wheels... I thought I had mentioned that earlier 😉

Tim Flyer02/12/2019 16:33:31
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Tim Flyer02/12/2019 16:33:52
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Oops triple posted ! 

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Tim Flyer02/12/2019 16:38:57
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I could do with mud guards. With all the rain the worm casts are extra large and get blown by the propeller

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Tim Flyer02/12/2019 16:41:23
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The internet /phone is playing up so will have to sign out

Tim Flyer05/12/2019 13:23:29
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Covering is now well underway. I’m using Oracover and Solartex . I managed to find some colour matched fuel proof spray from RC World  called “RC Colours” . I will try that on the cowling later and the Solartex. It’s supposed to be fuel proof.

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Tim Flyer05/12/2019 18:27:07
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Hmm well the RC colours Red is more of an “ Orange Red” and certainly doesn’t match the Oracover Red film  I’m using. The cans are quite small 150 mill too . I will now stick to Halfords Audi Laser Red. One of the RC Colours Red cans I bought didn’t have enough propellent in , or was blocked when I first tested it so I’m not filled with confidence for their quality. I also bought some light grey Oratex from RC World which is great and will save me some painting. I have already used it on a wing and it’s nice and opaque on the hollow sections. It seems just as good as Solartex .

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Tim Flyer22/12/2019 17:12:35
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It’s getting closer! Now the final rush before Xmas . Need to glue canopy fix undercarriage on and fit aileron and elevator control rods 😊c35d9b11-0f38-4a9b-bcae-13905f07bdf3.jpeg

Ron Gray22/12/2019 19:31:26
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That does look rather nice Tim, can’t wait to hear about flying exploits.

Tim Flyer22/12/2019 20:07:52
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Cheers Ron . It will be a while I’m afraid before our grass strip is good enough to fly it from. Hopefully we might get a drier spring! But at least it gives me some time to finish it off without the usual rush . I ran out of hinges last week after using 4 instead of 3 on the rudder . I was amazed how fast SLEC were with a one day delivery 😊!
Happy Holidays / & a Happy Xmas to all !

Jon - Laser Engines22/12/2019 21:43:32
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Its looking ace, and a little time before the first flight can be a blessing as paint and fuel proofer can take weeks to fully cure. The paint on my stampe was tacky for months before it finally went hard as nails.

With a bit of luck my Hurricane will be ready for the new season. Im little behind you but i think it should be ready by the spring. Ill update my build thread when i make some meaningful progress.

Tim Flyer22/12/2019 21:57:10
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Thanks very much Jon 😊I’m looking forward to seeing the Hurricane too. That looke an impressive Solartex job.! You are so right re fuel proofer. It’s still the “bain of modellers lives” . It’s no better than the 1970s when I started ... in fact probably worse as cellulose paints aren’t easily available and those paints take class Kote and the “strong “ two pack proofers well . I’m will be using “JP high grade polyurethane “ proofer on the cowl as I have some spray acrylic red on the bottom and I don’t want the risk of class Kote bubbling it up ! The downside with the polyurethane is that it slightly yellows the white . I tried it on the spinner and it’s not too bad. I’m going to spray the decals and film with RC Colours clear spray which I believe is also polyurethane. I must say after covering I really noticed the difference in quality film, I used Oracover and Oratex and it was way better than the cheapo stuff as it was much much easier to use . It doesn’t seem to melt and sticks way better plus the backing peels away easily 😊.

Jon - Laser Engines23/12/2019 08:31:47
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Interest in the Hurricane seems to have dried up now we have stopped arguing about swastika's, but i will keep posting.

I might give klass cote a try. I became reasonably adept at spraying the cellulose thinned epoxy fuel proofer from mick reeves over enamel without eating it. Hopefully i can pull off the same trick with KC.

It is a pain though as enamels are so easy to get in the right colours and easy to spray. My hope is that a reduction in the oil content of my fuel will minimise the need for fuel proofing anyway

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