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Old Jan 24, 2016, 02:20 PM
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Dag 60 covering material

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I will soon be ready to start covering the airframe of my Dag 60. In the past I have used solar film as a covering material. Does anyone know wether or not solar span would be a better choice as I understand it is a bit tougher and longer lasting.

I appreciate any thoughts, thanks

Mark.
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Old Jan 24, 2016, 04:13 PM
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If I want a bit more strength yes I use span .. Also it's my covering of choice for blades
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Old Jan 25, 2016, 01:15 AM
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Thanks for that Steve, I'll give it a try. Hope I can get all of the colours I want in solar span.

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Old Jan 25, 2016, 06:40 AM
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The other thing is Hobby King covering... it looked cheap but i decided to give a roll of white a go to compare with others ... At 11 for a 5m roll (+p&P) I was not sure..

I have to say it was great, quite thick needing more heat but goes on fine and does not seem to suffer relaxation .. might be worth considering - with Oracover for example at 15 to 20 for a 2m roll the HK stuff seems worthy of consideration...
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Old Jan 25, 2016, 11:25 AM
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Mark,
Mine is covered in solartex which I think is more in character with its 30's look. A little more expensive I know but it is 8 years old now and still looks half decent.

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Old Jan 25, 2016, 03:54 PM
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Thanks both for the advice I do appreciate it, I'll check out the Hobby King covering. Do you have to fuel proof Solartex with a clear varnish of some sort?

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Old Jan 25, 2016, 05:05 PM
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Hi Appollomark.

The DAG looks great in Solartex and it is completely fuelproof although some swear by a coat of fuel proofer which makes it easier to clean. - just make sure you seal down the edges well. If you want a more transparent look use the Solartex antique.

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Old Jan 25, 2016, 09:08 PM
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I used Solartex for the first time on my now nearly finished DAG 60. As everyone above says, it looks great and should be quite durable.

Another big plus is how it shrinks. There are considerable compound curves on the DAG which results in a lot of "extra" fabric when you are trying to lay it on the fuselage to tack it down. I was amazed at how all of the extra fabric shrunk totally tight on all the curves of the DAG. I found it incredibly easy to work with. Also, it takes paint very well for trim. I used spray can Rustoleum and it came out great.

I am planning on a clear coat to help keep it clean. Not required but it makes cleanup much easier as the weave tends to pick up some dirt and oil.

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Old Jan 26, 2016, 01:16 AM
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I do like the look of the antique Solartex, I've seen pictures of a Dag covered in Red and antique Solartex and it looks great. My only reservation is how well it shows up in the sky?

Thankyou for your help

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You have done such an amazing, clean, crisp build.

If there is anything you need, just ask.

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Old Feb 01, 2016, 01:06 AM
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Thanks Dave

Been making steady progress on the build, I've looked at the build threads here on RC Groups for help but I'm sure I'll need to be in touch about something soon

Cheers

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Hi Mark,

I covered my DAG and enlarged DAG in Solartex, it worked well and is still in good condition. Good luck with your build

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Hello Chas

Two great looking models, how easy does the antique colour show up in the sky? Did you clearcoat on top of the covering or leave it untreated?

Thanks

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The antique shows up pretty well in the sky but as orientation tends to be an issue with AGs you do need to keep them fairly close in. I used clear cote on the bulkhead and partly along the bottom but providing the exhaust is directed away from the fuselage sides it's ok
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