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Old Aug 02, 2012, 01:26 AM
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That is more or less the way I do it Colonel, except I don't thin the balsa loc or the varnish normally. Also, when using varnish as opposed to dope, since you are brushing varnish through the wet tissue over the whole area, rather than leaving a bare wood overlap at the edges I cover the whole airframe with the mylar. The "bare overlap" technique is what I use when using dope/thinners, as the tissue is then stuck down round the edges with thinners reactivating the pre-doped bare overlap and the rest is not doped until after the water has dried out and the tissue has shrunk.

Also, be prepared for it to look 'orrible after you have varnished the wet tissue down, but fear not, it all turns out OK as the water and varnish dry out.

I recommend covering the whole of the model with mylar first, but then tissue one surface at a time - e.g. top of wing, one fuselage side - waiting for it to dry before doing the next, otherwise it is easy to spoil the wet panel.

But DO practice first!!!!

Anything to add RAF_Bob, you clearly have the technique cracked?
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