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Old Mar 13, 2006, 09:59 PM
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Solarfilm converts reporting for roll call

Ok guys, it seems that even the great Martin Hunter has become a recent convert to Solarfilm as evident from this recent quote:

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...I'm a solarfilm convert. I've decided that I shall be using solarfilm on everything weighing in at more than 5 oz. I like it that much...
I want to know how many more of you'uns there is. Don't just tell me about, let me see some pics.

If you're wondering what this new product is all about (really, its not that new) and some more information, you can check out this thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=308824

Ok, here's a couple of my examples and let's see yours.

Come on Solarfilm Converts!
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Old Mar 13, 2006, 10:00 PM
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BTW, for those wanting to check out some quick info...

visit www.stevensaero.com and look under aerofilm. It's the same stuff just different name.
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Old Mar 13, 2006, 10:08 PM
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Yes! I'm a convert and I'm not afraid to admit it! Bill knows this better than anyone as I just placed another $100 covering order

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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:31 AM
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Appreciate the order Martin. I think Greg had you all packed and shipped when I left for the day. Ok, well I never really leave for the day - but I grab my bag and pretend to leave.

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Yes! I'm a convert and I'm not afraid to admit it! Bill knows this better than anyone as I just placed another $100 covering order

Martin
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:36 AM
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Bill, I got the email so I suspect you're right Thanks for being so quick on the draw for this kind of stuff.

It's not much, but here's what I've done with solarfilm / solartrim so far. The Cessna 170 (also pictured above) was done in solartrim sheets and done without shrinking due to the discoloration of chrome when it gets heated. The red is partially solartrim and partially solarfilm but I defy you to tell one from the other when it's on. The red is true red unlike the Maxim Gorky

The Tupolev ANT-20 Maxim Gorky is covered in silver and dark red - nice strong Russian colors. The covering is plenty strong enough for this size of airplane and I can see no reason to ever use Ultracote in plain ol' colors again, even for things this size. As a contrast, the smaller ANT-20 is covered in solite - decent for the purpose but a little too transparent. By my best guess, I'd add about 1.5 to 2 oz to the AUW of the 64" Gorky (up from 20 oz AUW) were I to go with Solarfilm instead of solite.

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Old Mar 14, 2006, 01:12 AM
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Whoah.... frozen browser. Here are the pics.

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Old Mar 14, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Any other converts still lurking???
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 09:16 AM
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You bet I do Solarfilm!

Lets see, here's my list so far: Stevensaero Stella, G-Ride, Groove and SQuiRT, Dandy sport, Dandy glider, Gambler DLG, Scratch built Sherpa, Scratch built Cessna 152, mini-Telemaster, telemaster aileron wing and Jitterbug. Yikes!--11 planes with this "new" covering. All of them include some solite, particularly on the bottom where I like my black and yellow bands. -Steve
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 10:29 AM
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nice plans Steve!
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 11:42 AM
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I'm get'n there CAD, I threw some silver Solarfilm on my LA P51, and wow is it nice. The Solarfilm trim is great to work with as well.

-Mike
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 11:54 AM
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Wow, Mike I've got something really special planned for your tyro when I can get to it. It involves White, transparent red, tranparent blue, and probably some metallic red/blue for the fuse. Glad to see some others are coming around. Hopefully Brian will start recommending solarfilm for the Mountain Models products soon
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:07 PM
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Erm. Hi. My name is James. I'm also converting to Solarfilm. Just covered the tail of a Laser Arts P-51. Yellow Solite is quite see-through, Solarfilm is much much better. I still went with Silver Solite for the fuse though, the Silver is pretty good.

Good stuff!

-James.
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:17 PM
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Good job on the Mustang James.
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 01:29 PM
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Hi James!
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Old Mar 14, 2006, 04:38 PM
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One Solarfilm gripe: gold

I've got 4 or 5 rolls of Solarfilm and about a dozen rolls of Solite. So far I do prefer Solarfilm over Solite, especially the white. I'll take the slight weight penalty for the better opaqueness.

My one gripe is the gold Solarfilm. It is almost the same color as the silver Solarfilm. When I first opened my shipment that had both silver and gold I thought I had two rolls of silver. It wasn't until I did a close inspection in good light that I could make out the difference.
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