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Old Jan 07, 2013, 08:23 PM
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Question about covering

I am building a larger airplane (Travel Air 6000 biplane) with a 10' wingspan. It will be static only so I wont have to be as worried about weight, etc. My question relates to the covering. I need a cheap covering method. I have been contemplating cellophane from the Dollar Store and held down by elmers glue.

This is not going to be a scale masterpiece, only used for a discussion about early aviators. Does anyone have any suggestions that they've used successfully in the past?

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old Jan 08, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Something like cellophane could be used. May some Stix-it or Balsa-rite could be used for an adhesive???? then iron on the cellophane???? I have no clue the melting point of cellophane.

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Old Jan 09, 2013, 01:37 AM
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That's what I was thinking too. In review, Im going scale back the span back to 60". I will have to try some experiments with the cellophane and post the results. Thanks for the response.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 10:11 AM
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I have been using cellophane gift wrap from the dollar tree to cover DTF planes. It comes in clear, red and green tints and is transparent. I spray 3M-77 on the cellophane, let it dry for about a minute and then stretch it across the foam. Once tacked on, I use my iron to remove the wrinkles. It shrinks quite a bit.

Yesterday I tried it on balsa tail fins and it worked well also. I will be trying it to cover balsa built up wings next. How did it work out for you ?
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 10:37 PM
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I havent tried it yet.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 07:10 AM
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Make sure you test it with your iron before you install the stuff. Its actuall colored on one side. If you get the color side up, you will melt off the color. So keep the color down. You can also test it by using airplane fuel, or carburator cleaner to rub off the color. The stuff shrinks great at a fairly low temp. I use 3m77 and spray it on the framwork then tack down the covering, and heat shrink it. Another alternative is laminating film. It doesnt come in colors, but I have sprayed the backside of it with rc car paint with great results.
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 10:16 AM
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cool, that makes sense. I appreciate the advice,
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