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#1 rdlohr Nov 17, 2012 12:15 PM

Is there a video on MonoKote installation?
 
Just bought some Monokote and a Coverite Iron and I've got a wing to patch. I normally fly helis, but I picked up a used Profile plane for Father's Day and I've been having a blast with it. Last weekend it had a run in with a 600 size helicopter (powered down on the runway) and lost ...

I'd prefer to watch a video of someone that knows what there are doing prior to giving it a go.

Thanks
Rick

#2 Bariboy Nov 17, 2012 12:57 PM

youtube is your friend. lots and lots!!


How To Cover a Model Airplane Wing (23 min 32 sec)

#3 rdlohr Nov 17, 2012 05:13 PM

Perfect thanks. Once I watched this, I found these which are exactly like the wing on my profile! Thanks much!

Rick

Monokote 101 Part I.mov (5 min 43 sec)


Monokote 101 Part II.mov (4 min 6 sec)


Monokote 101 Part III.mov (6 min 55 sec)

#4 BillM Nov 18, 2012 07:50 AM

i don't know if it is still available but there once was a video on how to use Monokote by the manufacurer Top Flite.
The person in the video was Sid Axelrod the owner or pres of Top Flite. It was originally sold by Tower Hobbies for about $16.
I had a Beta copy years ago.

BM

#5 The Violets Nov 18, 2012 10:04 AM

Covering
 
Great links, I'll soon be starting my first complete covering job and a complete how-to-video would have been a good start.

Here's a link from MA magazine on a quick & easy wing repair:
http://www.modelairplanenews.com/blo...r-hangar-rash/

Michael

#6 bullseye000 Nov 18, 2012 01:26 PM

If you are planning on doing some covering I think you will the best videos were made by Charlie Bauer who was the product manager for Top Flight back in the day. He made a set of 5 videos covering everything could possibly want to know about monokote. I bought the first 2 many years ago and still watch them every now and then. He's a our local swap meets and has recently converted them to dvd. Charlie's Website.

#7 The Violets Nov 18, 2012 04:11 PM

Charlie Bauer DVDs
 
Thanks Bullseye,

Just fired off an e-mail, asking if they ship north of the border; at $10 a pop it's seems like a great deal. A complete set includes five DVDs from basic covering to advance detailing, also have some supplies up for grabs...

Michael

#8 rdlohr Nov 19, 2012 06:01 AM

Hahahaha. Working with balsa, Styrofoam, MonoKote and a heat gun is far harder than it looks. Ay carumaba. I've been working with helis for years and normally pride myself as a pretty decent modeler. I cobbed this thing up big time. I've got wrinkles and I melted some of the fuselage Styrofoam. It should fly though. As long as its 100 feet up maybe no one will notice... :)


Rick

#9 The Violets Nov 19, 2012 10:58 AM

I hear ya Rick,

Not looking forward to it but maybe the videos will help; can't find a covering service around these parts, LOL!

Michael

#10 The Violets Nov 19, 2012 05:35 PM

Charlie Bauer DVDs
 
Charles wrote back and ships to Canada, no extra shipping cost, I ordered a set today.

Michael

#11 rdlohr Nov 19, 2012 05:49 PM

Get a glove. I didn't have one and I think that would have made a big difference on the tip. Also, my heat gun was too hot and I didn't have one of those heat directors (the funnel like tip).

I had to use see through red MonoKote and it didn't seem to have the same stretch characteristics as the blue Monokote he used in the video. It seemed that the material had to be pretty taunt even before you shrink it. I had one rib right up against my Styrofoam fuselage so I only had about a 1/8 inch to grab on that side. All told, it was no picnic.

Rick

#12 bullseye000 Nov 19, 2012 07:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Violets (Post 23311330)
Charles wrote back and ships to Canada, no extra shipping cost, I ordered a set today.

Michael

Glad he ships to the north land. When I bought them he was the only game in town, back in the 80's. I've seen some of the new videos and they are nothing more than commercials wrapped around a short how to. Not taking away from the youtube videos but Charlies are the best I've seen. I only have the first 2 in the set. He didn't have as many early on and to be quite honest I didn't think I needed anymore than the first 2. If you get the whole set let us know what you think. I may get the rest of them if they are worth it.

#13 bullseye000 Nov 19, 2012 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rdlohr (Post 23311459)
Get a glove. I didn't have one and I think that would have made a big difference on the tip. Also, my heat gun was too hot and I didn't have one of those heat directors (the funnel like tip).

I had to use see through red MonoKote and it didn't seem to have the same stretch characteristics as the blue Monokote he used in the video. It seemed that the material had to be pretty taunt even before you shrink it. I had one rib right up against my Styrofoam fuselage so I only had about a 1/8 inch to grab on that side. All told, it was no picnic.

Rick

That's one of the big gripes about monokote these days. The characteristics seem to vary color, transparency or sometimes from roll to roll. Not to turn this into another monokote complaint thread, because there are plenty of them, but... I have bought 20 year old rolls of monokote from the gentleman mentioned above. There is definitely something different in today's formulation. It just doesn't shrink as much as it used to needing to be stretched more and shrunk at a much higher temperature. I just recovered part of an old model in white and metallic blue and red. The blue was from a 20 year old roll and it would shrink just looking at it. The white was a problem requiring very high heat to shrink

#14 rdlohr Nov 19, 2012 08:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bullseye000 (Post 23312354)
That's one of the big gripes about monokote these days. The characteristics seem to vary color, transparency or sometimes from roll to roll. Not to turn this into another monokote complaint thread, because there are plenty of them, but... I have bought 20 year old rolls of monokote from the gentleman mentioned above. There is definitely something different in today's formulation. It just doesn't shrink as much as it used to needing to be stretched more and shrunk at a much higher temperature. I just recovered part of an old model in white and metallic blue and red. The blue was from a 20 year old roll and it would shrink just looking at it. The white was a problem requiring very high heat to shrink

Interesting. Thanks for confirming that.
Rick

#15 The Violets Dec 10, 2012 07:49 PM

I Got Them!!!
 
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Hi Bullseye,

The DVDs came in the mail today, could not have been better timing with the holidays coming up and I'll soon be starting my first covering, on my first build a SIG SE. Thanks for the hook-up, Mr. Bauer is a real gentlemen. I know you have 1 & 2, so I'll let you know how the other DVDs pan-out.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...8#post23486383

Michael
MAAC 84116


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