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Robin Kearney12/07/2012 11:25:13
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A couple of my airframes, particularly the wings have suffered hanger rash recently. One after a dumb cat thought it would be fun to scratch the wing covering. This has got me thinking about those posh wing bags you see on some of the more expensive ARTFs.

Given the right material these strike me as something that could easily be knocked up at home. Question is what sort of material, anybody know of something suitable? The ones I've seen are like bubblewrap with tin foil under the surface - or at least thats what I thought they looked like!

Any thoughts welcome pls!


Codename-John12/07/2012 11:44:34
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I use this stuff, cut to size of wings and staple the edges together, keeps them cool and hanger rash free

Bob Cotsford12/07/2012 12:07:09
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I've used the same for one set of wings, only I tried using duct tape around the edges with mixed results - it sticks, but not very well. I may just staple the duct tape in place! One roll is enough for a couple of wings and tails at the very least.

Robin Kearney12/07/2012 12:08:55
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I'm sorry, did you just say you have found something that duct tape cannot fix!? surprise

Ta guys, off to Homebase this afternoon, I'll get a roll and see how I get on.


iawnski12/07/2012 12:39:04
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try pound shop for tape ,hell of a lot cheaper,i cover most of my epp models with this,wink

Gary Binnie12/07/2012 13:02:09
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There's another Homebase product that can be used for wing bags.

Slightly cheaper but I needed two rolls for an F3J glider.

Doesn't have air bubbles like the other product, sort of thin foam on the inside but the best bit is that the sides can be joined together just by heat sealing with a covering iron.

Can take pictures if you like.


Robin Kearney12/07/2012 16:11:35
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I've just popped down the local Homebase, sold out However I found this stuff in Wickes, looks very similar. Same sort of price/amount. And also picked up some cloth tape to see if that holds better than gaffer tape.

Turbycat12/07/2012 16:44:30
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I just use some bubble wrap taped together to form bags for a couple of my planes wings. Works ok for transporting them in the car. Bonus is I get it free from work smiley


Vecchio Austriaco12/07/2012 17:43:25
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Nice and cheap stuff guys, I used sun protection for camper vans in the past, as I didn't find the material in roll form. It is practically the same, and from one sun protection I could cut 2 bags for wings of a 50size plane.

About tape: There is another, much better method. Use a sewing machine and a cotton woven tape. this gives a quite professional look to the edges of the bag and there is no danger of sticky tape glue at high temperatures (as in the car for instance - no high temperatures anywhere else this summer)

Of course - you need a sewing machine. In any case a very handy tool, I have one even I live alone. But: My mother was a tailor. She sewed my new blue jeans. My grandfather was a sewing machine mechanic down in old Vienna.... ok, it doesn't rime, so I stop.


NigelH12/07/2012 19:34:23
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Posted by Turbycat on 12/07/2012 16:44:30:

I just use some bubble wrap taped together to form bags for a couple of my planes wings. Works ok for transporting them in the car. Bonus is I get it free from work smiley


Same for me but mine's from Poundland

Robin Kearney12/07/2012 21:53:16
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Just thought I'd finish this off with a thank you for the tips.

As I said earlier I've been to Wickes, well this evening I had a go and as you can see I've four nice bags from the 8m roll.

From the left, Acro-Wot, Wot 4, Cambrian P51, Mini Tyro (couldnt forget the little guy now could I?)

Problem sorted!


Vecchio Austriaco12/07/2012 22:14:33
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If it comes to photos - have a look at the "tailor" made version



The one with the red border is for the Angel 50, the other one is for the Sukhoi 29- 30 size.

By the way they are only for one wing per bag.


Edited By Vecchio Austriaco on 12/07/2012 22:15:59

Robin Kearney12/07/2012 22:31:19
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Hah, very nice Vecchio, they put my efforts to shame.

I like the flaps at the top. How did you manage to crease the material so it stays folded? Or did you put some sort of fastener on it?

Vecchio Austriaco12/07/2012 22:39:59
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I used some Velcro pads - sewn to the bag and to the flap

velcro flap.jpg

In any case my version is rather time consuming....


Steve Hargreaves - Moderator13/07/2012 09:33:18
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Robin, Vecchio both your efforts are most inspiration to us all......I particularly like Vecchios sewn & taped edges.....thumbs up

H' wife has a sewing machine......I wonder when she's next going p

WolstonFlyer13/07/2012 20:51:04
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Perhaps she will make them for you if you ask nice!

Glyn4402/05/2015 09:20:45
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Not sure this an active forum, but I will try here before starting a new thread. I have all the materials but I have a query.

My wing bags need to accommodate glider wings, (red eagle, as per the build on this site) but there is a dihedral. Is there anything special to do during production, or do I just make the bag bigger, not sure how yet, at one end?

Regards to all, Glyn.

john stones 102/05/2015 09:31:29
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Might be better if the bags in two halves and velcro'd in the middle to hold them with that wing Glyn.


GONZO02/05/2015 10:04:46
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Two bags joined at the dihedral break with velcro.

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