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May 11, 2004, 03:27 PM

covering or glassing on GWs planes

Covering or glassing .What do you thing is the best in terms strenght/added weight on gws planes?
It seems to me that covering with something like ekonocote would be easier and probable less added weight. But I am not sure bcause I have never glassed before.
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May 11, 2004, 04:19 PM
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The glass will be heavier but it will be alot stronger
best to glass if you have a brushless for hi power 3s performance
It is possible to cover the foam in a cove: monokote,etc
use Nelson Litefilm/ aka solite for lighter weight
May 11, 2004, 04:31 PM
since the glassing its way heavier than covering , don`t you think that a good compromise between the two is somethinng like eknocote? I mean its defenetively heavier than solite but it is also mush stronger
May 11, 2004, 04:45 PM
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Good Threads to Read


Here are two threads that you should follow.

The first one is from the GWS forum regarding glassing their planes.

The second one is an excellent step-by-step process of finishing any foam plane with glass by J Morgan. (required reading in my book)

As for weight, J states that glass, poly, and paint should not add more that 3 oz overall.

Hope this helps.
May 11, 2004, 05:15 PM
thanks crashraider I gonna have a look them right now
May 11, 2004, 08:03 PM
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It's just my opinion but I don't know why you would want to cover your GWS plane to start with. I have four different GWS planes (out of nine planes I own and fly) and even though they don't have the highest quality finish, they look good in the air. Parkflyers are usually so small you don't see alot of detail when they are flying anyway, and small models need to be kept as light as possible to fly good. So far all of my GWS planes have proven to be very durable and can take quite a beating before they break, so unless you are a really inexperienced pilot, durability shouldn't be a factor in deciding to cover one. If you want a really nice looking bird get one of the Alfa kits. I won't buy one because of their price (and I am perfectly happy with my GWS planes since they are just "park beaters" that I fly when I don't want to drag one of my giant scale gassers or a slimer out to the club field) but if you want a shiny finish without all of the little foam beads showing up the Alfa kits have a much better finish.

If you already have the GWS plane and just want to make it "prettier" then Econokote work well on foam since it shrinks at a lower temperature than most other "Iron on" film coverings. But it will add a considerable amount of weight so unless you are prepared to go to a brushless motor or a 3s Li-Poly pack I think you will be disappointed in the way your plane flies after adding the extra weight of the covering.
May 12, 2004, 06:56 AM
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Generally speaking, the planes appearence only counts when it's in the air. However, I have found at my field that no one pays attention to my electrics until after I land. Once they see it scream around the sky w/ a Razor 2500 and Tanic 3S 2200 they want to see it up close... and handle it with their own hands