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Ron Gray10/07/2020 11:53:30
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I think that your temperature is too low for shrinking Steve but that then poses a problem for foam! I have used it on foam but have, like you, set a lower temperature. On balsa and open structures you can really up the heat as it is much more tolerant than normal covering film and I am using =>140. At the higher temps you can feel it suddenly start to shrink! My brother recently used some, for the first time, then complained that he still had wrinkles in the film, I told him to up the temp so he used his heat gun, immediately he got a drum tight finish. It really is good stuff and very cheap too. I would have thought that for Dan's Swoop, where he has sprayed the colours onto the framework, lam film would be an ideal covering solution, especially flying on slopes where the terrain can play havoc with 'normal' covering films.

Piers Bowlan10/07/2020 12:12:33
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Do you buy your laminating film on a roll or sheets Steve? I have never tried it but I have an EPP wing (SAS Fusion) that needs recovering so I may give it a try, thanks. Any particular brand or is all laminating film born equal?

Ron Gray10/07/2020 12:25:24
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Sorry Piers, I know your question was directed at Steve I got mine from here Lam Film Also get it from eBay

Edited By Ron Gray on 10/07/2020 12:26:47

Piers Bowlan10/07/2020 12:45:11
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My question was directed to anybody really Ron and that info is very helpful, thanks yes . I will give it a go.

Steve Houghton 110/07/2020 13:13:43
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I bought a load of lam in 70 micron & 40 micron from the now defunct flyingwings.com and I haven't had to buy anymore since, but it's great for giving a light but tough covering, even on top of regular iron on coverings, as in my Flying Wings Genesis below which was built for slope combat a couple of years ago, and my SAS Wildthing MK2 which had to be rebuilt after nose diving into the ground.

Genesis covered in 2 layer ofs lam film

Genesis SL upper side

SAS Wildthing crash

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And after the rebuild and 2 layers of lam. The 1st straight onto the foam & the 2nd on top of the yellow covering. I call it the 'sandwich' method.

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Piers Bowlan10/07/2020 13:42:36
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Looks good Steve. I hope to have my SAS Fusion flying again soon thanks to some of Ron's kindly donated Lam film for me to try. Thanks Ron yes

If Swoop flies as good as it looks Dan it will be fantastic.

Edited By Piers Bowlan on 10/07/2020 13:43:31

Stephen Jones10/07/2020 18:40:02
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Posted by Dan Workman on 27/06/2020 13:15:18:

Few coats of halfords spray cans before covering with clear oracover...

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This looks Great. Well Done Dan thumbs up.

Steve

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