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Old Oct 20, 2003, 07:32 AM
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Ahhgh! Not ANOTHER new plane!
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Cush - yes, that's the kit.

I used Solartex to cover it, in complete disregard of the instructions. I like the way it looks so much I'm willing to take the weight penalty. Also, it's wonderful to work with. It responds so well to heat, and comes out so wrinkle free, it's my favorite materal. I tried litespan once, got so frustrated with it I threw it away. I saw a plane covered with it recently. There were wrinkles everywhere.

Hobby Lobby advertises a relatively light weight fabric covering called Superfabric. It might be worth looking into.

Regarding the kit itself, the only place I departed from the instructions was with the cabane struts. I was unsuccessful in bending the rear strut - three acute angles, all having to be precision matched to achieve the right wing incidence - I couldn't do it. I bought some spruce and built my own structure. I also put in functional rigging with non-stretchable 50lb test kite string, to strengthen the structure in lieu of the aluminum struts.
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