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Andrew76726/10/2012 17:28:51
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Well i'm almost at the covering stage of my Vic Smeed/Ray Wood Chatterbox 2000 for the 2012 mass build (Yes i know!!....the time just flies). The original was tissue covered and i have some plus Solarfilm,Solarspan and Solartex. Which one to use?..would Solartex be too heavy for a 40"span,1 1/2lb built up frame model?. Thoughts please.

Andrew

Ernie27/10/2012 09:52:56
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Hi Andrew, solartex is great stuff, and easy to apply, but a wee bit heavy for your chatterbox. Solarfilm would be fine, but a bit glossy/hitec for my taste.

Why not go the original route, and use heavyweight tissue. Also, there are modern alternatives (heat shrink) that don't have an adhesive on the back, so are lighter. You apply the adhesive to the airframe.

ernie

Mowerman27/10/2012 10:34:57
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Andrew

If you really can't face the idea of tissue and dope try solarfilm 'solite' but take care with the iron as it is too easy to overheat.

Roy

edwards flyboy27/10/2012 11:29:57
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Try solarfilm polyester on it, they do 6 matt colours and i love the stuff

Andrew76727/10/2012 15:34:06
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Thanks all for the replies...Thought tex might be too heavy but i wanted to use what i had in,so it looks like it's down to tissue or solarfim.....EFB...I havn't any polyester leftsad....Ernie...you're right, film is a bit shiney for this one...Only have lightweight tissue, do you think that would do?....

Andrew

Jim Carss27/10/2012 16:33:12
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Andrew,

Why not try a mix,this is my scaled up Veron Cardinal using Solartex on the fuz and transparent film on wings and tail,just using stuff I had lying around.

Jim

Andrew76727/10/2012 17:50:35
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Jim Thanks, thats another option...can i ask why you didn't just use tex over the whole model?..Was it the weight.

Regards Andrew

Jim Carss27/10/2012 18:36:13
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Andrew,

I was after a contrast between the fuz and the other bits and what you see is all I had lying around,too tight to buy anymore Tex.

I think a model of this size 40/44" covered in Tex would not be a problem weight wise as long as you dont go wild with paint and dope etc.

I have another vintage job called a Redskin around 40" span and its covered with natural Solartex and it flies a treat,its the one on the right of this pic.

Jim

Andrew76727/10/2012 18:57:33
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Thanks Jim, thats very helpful Re the weight. Part of the confusion came from the fact that Boddo covered his Mini Super in tex and that is only 5" greater span and flew well. I like the tex and film mix and i have some in matching colours, so i may go that route. Thanks once again for everyones help.

Andrew

Jim Carss27/10/2012 19:00:24
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yes

Ernie28/10/2012 12:38:11
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I'd use heavyweight, Its not too expensive if you can find it. Try Sam's models

ernie

Andrew76728/10/2012 12:46:42
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Thanks Ernie....I think MSL have it too.

Andrew

PatMc28/10/2012 12:47:51
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Tissue over mylar would give the best results. It's light, puncture resistant, adds rigidity to the airframe, cheap & gives the most genuine vintage look. Downside is the smell of dope & you have to cover twice. If you are going to cover with tissue it's probably worth the extra effort as it will look good longer & last longer.

Ernie28/10/2012 14:34:21
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Hi, If you need to know, I think I can remember how to fix it on... Don't listen to all that nonsense about smell, but look out for swimbo

ernie

Andrew76728/10/2012 14:50:55
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Thanks Pat....What thickness? and where can it be bought?....mylar, that is.

Andrew

PatMc28/10/2012 15:10:43
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Andrew, you can get it from Mike Woodhouse click on LW covering. I think 10 micron clear would be the most suitable.

If you google tissue over mylar it will produce a load of info on how to do it. George Stringwell (AKA Sundancer) seems to be an expert at it.

Andrew76728/10/2012 16:26:33
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Pat

Thank you for the link....I have the George Stringwell method in one of his books.

Andrew

Malcolm Fisher22/05/2020 19:45:39
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Just found this - rather late to add a post but I built one a few years ago. Wasn't aware that it had been the subject of a mass build or would have joined in.

Used natural Solartex for covering and painted with emulsion paints. Used a small brushless motor with a 2S Lipo and a 7 x 5 prop "borrowed" from a DC Merlin. Flies well and I have had no issues thinking it might be over weight. I didn't make the U/C as there is no suitable take off area where I now fly.

Malcolm

Ray Wood 422/05/2020 21:20:59
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Hi

I missed this, but when I built the slightly larger version than Vic's original tissue or film would be fine 😄👍

Regards Ray

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