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Old Apr 03, 2013, 10:13 PM
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Chrome Monokote Creating Shadows in Signal

I have an airplane that I am almost done repairing after a crash (pictures taken a while ago). The pictures just shows everything laid out to depict the complete air frame. I haven't the slightest idea of what kit or manufacturer produced this one but I know that it's got some time on it.. Maybe 15 years or so.

I just want to know what color you think I should cover it in. I want to make it look different since I am not concerned about it being scale to anything..

Does the chrome monokote affect radio signal? I have seen some stuff on both rcgroups, and rcuniverse about signal problems with chrome monokote. (I will be using 2.4 GHZ Spektrum DSMX).

Any information is appreciated

Adam
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 07:48 AM
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Yes I believe that the metallized Chrome Monokote coverings would affect the signal going to the receiver. I would suggest using a Spektrum Carbon Fiber Receiver such as the AR6255 and route the antenna wires so they are outside of the fuselage to get the best radio signal.
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 08:56 AM
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I flew a 4 Star that the fuse was covered in chrome, antenna outside the fuselage on 72 MHz with no problems. Chrome tends to disappear in the sky as it reflects the sky do make sure you use a good contrast my 4 Star had orange tail and wings
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Old Apr 05, 2013, 07:37 PM
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As Jetmech says, the Chrome covering is sometimes very hard to see . I've heard different stories about signals so I'll pass on that one.
As far as colors on your plane : I'd go with Red, White & Blue , however you want to do it . I would also suggest a solid color on the bottom and some kind of stripes on top of the wing . Unless you are flying very close ( like 3D ) all the time, the bottom of the wing will always be DARK ( DOOM ) when it's going away from you and the stripes will flash at you ( saying Hi ) I'm coming back when turning back toward yourself. ENJOY !!! RED
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 12:58 PM
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I have been flying this for two years on 2.4 with internal anntennas without problems. It is covered in chrome monocote.

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Old Apr 08, 2013, 02:52 PM
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Chrome and 4 engines to boot! Cool.....
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 03:18 PM
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Chrome color or looks does not necessarily mean it is true chrome. If it were, you would not get a signal with the antenna surrounded by it. It is just a simple proven physical fact that a metal shield surounding an antenna will completely prevent any signal from getting to it. That is why we use screen rooms when working with equipment that can be effected by extraneous signals. Any metalic surrounding structure that has no gaps larger than 1/4 the wavelength of the signal of interest will completely eliminate all wavelengths greater tha 1/4 the size of the gaps or holes.
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 10:42 PM
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I have been flying this for two years on 2.4 with internal anntennas without problems. It is covered in chrome monocote.

Wow. Sweet machine! Also, I am glad that you haven't had any failures with 2.4 and chrome monokote. Do you have any video footage of that... masterpiece
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 11:11 PM
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Converted one of my dad's control line models to R/C and covered the entire fuse in chrome Monokote. Never had a radio problem with it, just pilot error that ended its' days.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 05:41 AM
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Wow. Sweet machine! Also, I am glad that you haven't had any failures with 2.4 and chrome monokote. Do you have any video footage of that... masterpiece
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