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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:12 PM
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Silkspan question

I have been building some larger stick and tissue micros. The last two I covered with some light weight silkspan that a friend had given me. It worked out very well so I decided to order some. The first several places I looked said something to the effect of "out of stock" . They did not seem to know when it would be available..Have they quit making silkspan?
I did find one place that indicate that they had it in stock in fact it appears that they have two different weights of light weight material. Here is what they show K & S - 400 Silkspan Extra Lite 00 and K & S - 399 Silkspan "000" Grade .. Does anyone know which one is actually the lightest...Thanks
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 06:24 PM
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Keithhs,

Is there any particular reason that you want Silkspan on a micro?

Silkspan is much heavier in density that either domestic or Japanese tissue. Yes, it is more durable, but it's overkill compared to regular tissue.

For most of my micros that require covering, I use grocery store produce bags. Very light and very durable. Attach with a glue stick, or diluted white glue. However, for planes under 10 grams, I use very thin Mylar or regular tissue - undoped and unshrunk!!
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 07:12 AM
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Thank you for your comments, 356Jim, I especially like your idea about the produce bags. I recently tried the glue stick method and it worked real well.

As far as overkill..the way I fly, cast iron would not be overkill in the durability department...LOL
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 12:59 PM
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They certainly have Not stopped making Silkspan.
Just bought a pile of it at my LHS. Although he did say it took a while for his restock delivery.. never a good sign.
Sadly I don't remember the naming convention for weights.
There were 3 grades available: light medium and heavy (which was)
Light IS light not quite as light as wrapping tissue though.
But close enough and multiples tougher

Tissue , in My models, too often punctures on landings when there are dried grass stalks about.
Consider Airspan (google) or it's various Clones for durability.. Lightest of the shrink coverings, has the appearance of well done tissue / silkspan coverings and Genuinely Tough.. Tree branch proof.. usually .
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 09:20 AM
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000 grade is the lightest. I'm surprised you could use it on micros, I assume you weren't shrinking it. Biggest drawback with silkspan is the amount of dope it takes to fill the pores. Biggest plus is it's really cheap.

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Old Feb 12, 2013, 11:28 AM
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Well MY idea of Micros is 16 - 24" span.
I've given up chasing the 'ever shrinking' model/size' bandwagon.
Which means I can still see 'em in flight farther away than arms' length.
Plus I don't have to re-equip with smaller avionics.... every season .
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 12:11 AM
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I should have been more explicit...when I said large micros I was thinking 18-24 inch wing span. Thanks to each of you that took the time to reply...
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Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:09 AM
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I just talked to K&S, one if the main suppliers of silkspan and they told me it was no longer available...they are in the process of trying to find a new supplier..I was told that they had sent about 20 samples to manufacturers, but as of yet they had not found anyone to make it....Not good news....
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 08:00 AM
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Keithhs check taxidermy supply like Wasco silkspan is used for fish fin repair and backing I do my own taxidermy work I use Wasco supply for most of my stuff but other places should have it also Sometimes you can also find it in store packaging like sears jc penny look for nice shirts boxed up or sometimes baby clothing, womens clothing I have found it localy in the past at craft stores as well
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 06:44 PM
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Keithhs,

Is there any particular reason that you want Silkspan on a micro?

Silkspan is much heavier in density that either domestic or Japanese tissue. Yes, it is more durable, but it's overkill compared to regular tissue.

For most of my micros that require covering, I use grocery store produce bags. Very light and very durable. Attach with a glue stick, or diluted white glue. However, for planes under 10 grams, I use very thin Mylar or regular tissue - undoped and unshrunk!!
I too have used plastic bags from supermarkets and our fruit supplier and have found them to be more durable than tissue and weigh not much more, especially if the latter has to be doped for use outdoors. I was surprised to find that the plastic bag material would heat shrink quite well.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 07:25 PM
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used to use saran wrap on cf frame planes and depron frames I forget what brand been a long time ago but one brand was very light weight. Have used it on Balsa frames but doesnt look good some of the colored types looked fairly good buy were not light at all
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 08:14 PM
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...................................As far as overkill..the way I fly, cast iron would not be overkill in the durability department...LOL
I'm with 'ya!!

Another choice, if durability as well as lightweight strength is needed, try RA Microlite

Get it from David Lewis at [URL="http://www.homefly.com"]

It's not cheap, tho.................
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