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Old Feb 23, 2015, 01:48 PM
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I laminate ALL my planes now

Ever since I discovered you can buy a whole 200' roll for $25; i am laminating ALL my planes like mad! From Apprentice to 3D planes. I love this thing! Makes all my planes sturdy, resistant to dirt/mud, and has that nice "glossy" finish. Am not concerned about added weight because 1-3mil laminates weigh next to nothing, IMO.

Wish someone told me about laminate film when I started flying.
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Old Feb 23, 2015, 03:24 PM
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Does it have adhesive? The only stuff I tried required heat to bond. Not nearly as cheap as yours either. Got any pictures?
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Old Feb 23, 2015, 03:47 PM
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Ron,
Yes, the stuff I bought has adhesives; but it still requires a heating iron to bond.
Here's two aircraft I recently laminated. My next one will be Apprentice S.

http://www.laminatorwarehouse.com/la...aminating-film

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Does it have adhesive? The only stuff I tried required heat to bond. Not nearly as cheap as yours either. Got any pictures?
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Old Feb 23, 2015, 07:41 PM
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Yes, these are laminating films for documents. The best known brand name is Doculam. 3 mil is great. It's best to buy a UV resistant laminating film. It irons on just like Monokote but has no backing plastic, is lighter and costs MUCH, MUCH less. Of course I used to buy rolls of Monokote for $5.00. Those days are long gone and so are my days of buying Monokote.
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Old Feb 23, 2015, 07:53 PM
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Leadpan - what thickness did you use 1 or 3mil? Which do you recommend?

I built the Crash-test-hobby Assassin and Scythe, which came with laminate in the kit and they are tough as nails.
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Old Feb 23, 2015, 11:04 PM
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I'd recommend 5mil for flying wings. You can also mix it up by using 5mil in bottom and 3 mill on top.

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Leadpan - what thickness did you use 1 or 3mil? Which do you recommend?

I built the Crash-test-hobby Assassin and Scythe, which came with laminate in the kit and they are tough as nails.
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 07:44 AM
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Interesting indeed, how long of a process is it? Is it cumbersome to do?
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 07:58 AM
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Here is a very old thread about Doculam http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=274520
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 10:30 AM
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raindog,
no, it's not cumbersome. Buy a hobby-iron and start simple like flat wings or fuselage(avoid curves at first). The trick is not to stay on one spot too long to melt the foam. My favorite technique is to twist the iron back and forth.
The final result is worth it. The plane comes out ALOT sturdy and clean look.


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Old Feb 24, 2015, 12:05 PM
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My first experience with laminate is when our club switched to CTH Assassins for combat. Not being someone who ever had luck with an iron or iron-on covering, I found it easy to apply and a pleasant experience. Definitely adds quire the layer of durability to the plane.
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 12:23 PM
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Agree Mike.
This seems to me like the "magic sauce" that makes planes fly better and last longer. Hope this helps another new flyer.

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My first experience with laminate is when our club switched to CTH Assassins for combat. Not being someone who ever had luck with an iron or iron-on covering, I found it easy to apply and a pleasant experience. Definitely adds quire the layer of durability to the plane.
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Old Feb 24, 2015, 02:56 PM
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Leadpan - what thickness did you use 1 or 3mil? Which do you recommend?

I built the Crash-test-hobby Assassin and Scythe, which came with laminate in the kit and they are tough as nails.
And the Assassin and my Grim Reaper use 3mm laminate. If they aren't indestructible, they're close enough. Here's an Assassin with 3mm. And we need 5mm for what?
Assassin vs Brick Wall 3 12 (4 min 14 sec)


Here's a Grim Reaper with 3mm laminate. Not indestructible, but who cares? This one is like watching jaws where the pretty lady is swimming blissfully and we keep getting glimpses of the shark before he has dinner......
Taped an iphone to my RC Flying Wing - Grim Reaper with a 60mph epic crash - (17 min 16 sec)
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Old Feb 28, 2015, 05:01 AM
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It seems a "mil" is 1/1000th of an inch in the good ole USA, but it's not the same as a mm which is 1/1000 of a metre.

A USA "mil" = .0254 mm

Does this sound right guys?

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Old Feb 28, 2015, 01:26 PM
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Sounds right to me!
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