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Old Dec 09, 2012, 02:53 PM
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3/4 will work well for you.
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Old Dec 09, 2012, 08:03 PM
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engine area has been sealed, cockpit blackened, tail pieces covered. man, this solartex is the easiest covering I have ever worked with. the plastic backing is easy to remove, the adhesive doesn't try to stick to itself, and it shrinks nice and tight.
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Old Dec 09, 2012, 10:00 PM
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Nice work looks great I'll never use anything but Solartex on any plane I want to see the fabric's pattern on! looking forward to your finish keep up the good work.

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Old Dec 10, 2012, 04:28 PM
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hey guys, i plan to fiberglass the nose with zpoxy, sand, prime with lustrekote primer, then paint yellow with lustrekote cub yellow.

should i also prime the solartex covering before painting yellow? the side fuselage and tail will all be solartex covered.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 06:34 PM
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As I stated in my PM, do not prime any open bay areas when using Solartex. If you want to prime sheeted areas, go ahead.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 09:22 PM
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When I painted my Stinson w/ Solartex on it I used rust-oleum pro and the Solartex was white pre - primed. I've never had very good luck w/ LUSTREKOTE it tends to run easily and doesn't cover very well so you will have to do several coats. And like Tom says don't prime the open bays because it will crack w/ time. Good luck w/ the finish however you go.

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Old Dec 11, 2012, 11:31 PM
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I think my wing struts are going to tilt the left wingtip higher than the right. If I heat up the top front solder joint I should be able to shift one up and one down to remedy.

Fuselage is covered, it took me a while but ended nicely. By the time this plane is finished it will be a leap of faith to take that first hop down the runway! I think if I built a second then it would be a faster build. Third would be a breeze. Ha!
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 10:58 AM
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any tips on trimming the cockpit area? it is about the size of a coke bottle in diameter and the sheeting is 1/16:
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 11:41 AM
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any tips on trimming the cockpit area? it is about the size of a coke bottle in diameter and the sheeting is 1/16:
Don't cut it wrap sand paper around some thing similar in shape and sand to a line that you have drawn you can get a better finish that way.

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Old Dec 12, 2012, 12:02 PM
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Don't cut it wrap sand paper around some thing similar in shape and sand to a line that you have drawn you can get a better finish that way.

Bruce
i'm sorry, but i meant like a leather looking rim around it.

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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:10 PM
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Sig has foam cockpit combing that trhey use on their 1/4 Spacealker II. I wrapped it in cloth and then installed it.

Maybe you could order some from them.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 06:27 AM
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Auto Body shops have leather trim which might work. I used it on Bristol
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 10:22 AM
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After adding the LE and sheeting, you can see the wing taper better. Still need to join the halves and finish tips.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:13 PM
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Looking good
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