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Apr 02, 2013, 03:23 PM
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This is my first kit, my other balsa planes have been ARF with monokote.
I have covered the rudder with ultracote and that seemed fairly easy, I just used one piece on each side, overlapped the edge and sealed. With the wings, how may pieces should be used to complete the covering? I was thinking that I would need to cover the tips with one piece and the body of the wing with another piece wrapped from the TE up and over the LE and back to the TE.
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Apr 02, 2013, 10:41 PM
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Everyone has a different method, it depends on what works best for them.
here's a decent youtube of covering with Monokote and you'll see a part II on the side.
Monokote 101 Part (5 min 43 sec)

Hope it helps
Apr 02, 2013, 10:44 PM
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Monokote 101 Part (4 min 6 sec)
Apr 02, 2013, 10:45 PM
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Monokote 101 Part (6 min 55 sec)

hope these help
Apr 10, 2013, 08:09 PM
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Thanks. Haven't done the wing yet, but I have finished the tail:

Last edited by jk6672; Apr 10, 2013 at 08:18 PM.
Apr 14, 2013, 09:24 AM
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what setting was your heat gun on. i tend to burn holes on high and don't have enough heat on low.
Apr 14, 2013, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by poolman1950
what setting was your heat gun on. i tend to burn holes on high and don't have enough heat on low.
I started out around 225 tacking and worked up to around 300. I've burnt holes too, but with monokote and heat gun on high.
Apr 14, 2013, 10:14 AM
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I’m almost finished with the wing. I originally wanted to put LED lights, but then I changed my mind because I've never soldered something this small before (a servo lead or two, but that's different). I Since decided to go for it, because I knew if I didn't give it a try I'd be kicking myself in the butt latter.

I know the directions state to cover first, before putting the wing halves together, but I bonded them already so there wouldn't be a seam in the middle.
Apr 16, 2013, 09:32 PM
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Soldering the LED's turn out not to be the difficult task I thought it would be. I finished one row tonight and tested, looks nice. I'll post a video once I'm finished.
Apr 18, 2013, 10:02 AM
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finished the LED's and covered, but this photo is before covering.

Dec 28, 2013, 12:05 AM
did you ever get the video you mentioned in the previous post?

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