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Old Apr 30, 2004, 03:17 AM
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SolarTex Covering Material Anyone

Guys

Perhaps some of you have read my post here : http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=225668

Well I'm going to give it a shot. Fixing the wing that is! I did some reading tonight on covering material and ran into a Brand named "Solartex". It's touted for it's strength. Nothing is metioned as it's ease to apply. It does come in the Cream color I'm looking for.

Would this covering be ok for a small parkflyer like the Wattage Eindecker? Or is it 2 heavy?

I guess I'm looking for a brand name suggestion to a tuff covering material <in Cream!> thats easy to apply.

Man.... Looks like another on-line purchase!!

Tommy in NY
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Old Apr 30, 2004, 04:04 AM
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Solartex

Tommy,
Solartex is a British product; It's an iron-on fabric covering that will probably be too heavy for the average parkflyer.

Check out http://www.solarfilm.co.uk for all their products - something like their litespan may be more appropriate.

Tom
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Old Aug 25, 2008, 01:56 AM
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Where can I get solartex in the USA ? if anyone can help , that would be great need it for project TIA , Ed
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Old Sep 26, 2008, 02:49 PM
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Balsa USA Sells It
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Old Sep 26, 2008, 02:55 PM
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If it's the same stuff I covered my Telemaster with in the 80's it's really cool and I loved working with it. The ad for it showed a tennis ball covered with it. It was the best stuff I've ever used for compound curves. The problem was weight! I wouldn't try it again on anything smaller than a .60 sized plane. Covering with sheet aluminum would probably be lighter. Don't even consider it on a parkflyer!

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Old Sep 26, 2008, 06:21 PM
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yes i found it at balsa usa thanks all
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Old Sep 26, 2008, 11:00 PM
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We use it a lot on slopers. Works a treat and pretty tough to boot.
Another thing about it besides going around compound curves is its affinity to taking Krylon poof can paint.

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Old Sep 27, 2008, 12:12 AM
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Mark you know it , i just finish covering my LEG Reno P51 http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attac...mentid=2073546
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