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Sep 05, 2011, 05:10 PM
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old timer tissue

Hi gents,

I was curious if anyone can point me to what you are using to give that old timer look to your plane. Many moons ago I used to use Transformer tissue (if you can believe that). Water was used to tighten the tissue and a few clear coats of dope made it very tough and anticky look.

I want to build a wwi bipe and was thinking to use tissue (small electric).

Any help would greatly appreciated.
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Sep 08, 2011, 08:01 AM
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A little late with a reply, but for fairly small ultra lightweights, (indoor models), there was a 'condenser tissue'; for small/normal sized outdoor models we preferred 'Jap tissue'; for the bigger stuff it was either silk or nylon.

There are modern heat shrink 'plastic film' coverings that try to simulate some of the tissue or nylon covering.

Trying to find good quality tissue is now down to finding the specialist model/hobby shops that stock materials for the free flight guys.

Have you tried the - Free Flight forum ?

There is a 'Sticky' thread at the top called Free Flight Resources that may have some useful info.
Sep 08, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Jim Fiorello sells very nice tissue:
Some free flight guys these days sometimes do tissue over mylar. This is more work, and not really necessary, but I understand that it is more stable and durable, a bit tougher?, and doesn't weigh more because the tissue picks up less dope. Not sure where to get it anymore.

FAI model supply has this stuff called Lite Span.
I understand that it's more robust than japanese tissue. I haven't used it myself, though.
Sep 08, 2011, 06:38 PM
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Thanks for your reply. I am really interested in finding a way to bring the old timer look and color into the model with semi gloss or mat properties.

I've used Japanese tissue in the past extensively. Although i like the outcome, it does not fit my project.

Where can I find condenser paper? I think that is the same one i used in the past and really like the outcome. I found a thread somewhere saying that the grocery bags (brown plastic) is pretty much the same as thin mylar or condenser paper.

Thanks much guys for your help.
Sep 10, 2011, 03:38 PM
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why not simply add a couple of drops of colouring into the dope, plus a couple of drops of castor oil as a plasticiser which gives a slight "sheen" to the finish?
Sep 15, 2011, 05:18 PM
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k&s still self 3 grades of tissue as does Sig, and nothing has changed in 40 years as to application and finish of it...
hobby lobby sells a tissue like sheet that is applied with a water based heat activated glue applied in the same manner as barbarity.
it looks great, is lighter than tissue, is applied like monocoat and is a lot stronger than the tissue esp in cold weather.
I have used it for years.... I have a mini bird of time glider that has been covered in it for 14 year and still Looks good.

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