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Old Nov 25, 2009, 01:13 PM
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I usually use 2 pieces of masking tape to remove the backing. One piece on the covering, one on the backing, placed at a corner. Pull apart then remove the tape from the covering. It's easier than fiddling with the corner and a fingernail.

Allan:
That's a great trick, have to keep that in mind!

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Old Nov 25, 2009, 01:57 PM
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Thank you Allan, I was going a little crazy with it. That should make it much easier..Ray
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Old Nov 27, 2009, 09:50 AM
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Old Nov 27, 2009, 06:09 PM
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Finished the covering

Hi Guys, Finished the covering this morning. Now to glue on the stab and put on the rudder and elevator and put in the electrics. Almost there, hopefully will maiden her next week...Ray
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 07:07 AM
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Almost finished the wing, its assembled, just need to add the CF and cover it.

Weight at this stage is 60.86g, and the total of all the balsa parts (weighed before assembly) was 57.36g.

I used around 1g of glue for each of the tips and 2.5g for the centre section.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 07:19 AM
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Nice job Ray. I covered my wing last night. Not happy with ultracote light white. The see through white color does not look good at all. I like the red though. You covered the stab and elevator after it was glued to the carbon right?
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 08:18 AM
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Looking and sounding great guys!
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:35 PM
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Hi Diesel 48

Thanks about the covering job, just getting used to covering, I enjoy it but if I did it again it would be a better job. As always you learn along the way. No I hadn't glued the elevator and stab to the boom when I covered it, thinking it would be easier to cover when I could lay it flat on the table. Well I was right about that part but wrong when I suddenly realized I had to glue the kevlar to bare wood. So I cut the covering out where the kevlar had to go and Bob's your uncle,no problem. Glued it on yesterday and will do the patchwork today. If I am going to deviate from the plan even a little bit I must think it through better than I did or one day.....Today the electrics go in I hope...Ray
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:40 PM
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Ray,
Sounds like a cover up to me!
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:51 PM
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Thanks about the covering job, just getting used to covering, I enjoy it but if I did it again it would be a better job. As always you learn along the way. No I hadn't glued the elevator and stab to the boom when I covered it, thinking it would be easier to cover when I could lay it flat on the table. Well I was right about that part but wrong when I suddenly realized I had to glue the kevlar to bare wood. So I cut the covering out where the kevlar had to go and Bob's your uncle,no problem. Glued it on yesterday and will do the patchwork today. If I am going to deviate from the plan even a little bit I must think it through better than I did or one day.....Today the electrics go in I hope...Ray
I learned that one the hard way too.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:53 PM
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FYI, I worked on packaging up some more of this batch of Gamblers this past weekend. I've decided to include TWICE as much CF ribbon in each kit until I use up the current material. This should provide plenty of extra in case people have trouble working with it. Plus if you don't have any trouble, you'll have enough extra to scratch build another Gambler or use it to reinforce other planes you build.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:57 PM
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Allan, Your the Greatest...Ray
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:59 PM
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Ray,
Sounds like a cover up to me!
John255
That was a joke Ray!!
I thought I'd never recover from my first cover job!
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 01:11 PM
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Hey John255, I didn't get it. But I should have.The first cover job I tried to do was recovering a wing and it was a disaster. I got very frustrated and screwed up a lot of covering. So I called a friend and he invited me over and showed me how to do it properly. He made it look so easy. I learned a lot from him. Now if I could only have someone show me how to make a wing properly!....Ray
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 01:16 PM
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I still have some covering jobs I'm proud of and some I'm ashamed of. There's as much art in it as science. I'm better at the latter than the former. You'll get a lot better after your first few planes, then your skill will progress more slowly, but at that point you'll be doing covering jobs you'll be proud to show to friends.

Tip: Get a sock for your iron. Not a real sock, an iron sock, sold at your hobby store. They're cheap (about a buck each), so replace them when they get worn or soiled. They even out the heating of the covering and prevent abrasion to the covering. I do a MUCH better job when I use a sock.
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