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Jan 30, 2013, 07:54 AM
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I have read many times in this thread about which film covering is best. That said, I can not find it now. Can you guys give me some guidance on the pros and cons of the various films. I bought my Gambler in August and am finishing up a project now then I will build it. I wanted to get the same film for both planes.

I can get Microlight at the LHS which I would prefer if it is equivalent to others available, but since I am ordering it ahead I could wait and get something else. I am planning to do full weight monokoat over glass and CF on the pod.
I used Ultracote lite. Great film, and incredibly tough! It's also amazingly light. The translucent red is a very visible color, but the trans yellow is so pale that it's almost clear.

Hope this helps!

-- the markster
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Jan 30, 2013, 05:58 PM
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I used Ultracote Lite red/yellow on mine. If you want to see, here is a pic. Yes, the yellow is pretty light in color. Very easy to apply and seems strong.
Feb 06, 2013, 02:44 PM
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Ultracote Lite Transparent is my personal preference for wing. I use Monokote for the fuselage (for abrasion durability) and either the same Ultracote Lite Transparent or SoLite/Nelsonfilm on the tail feather sheeting.
Feb 26, 2013, 06:19 AM
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ok almost to the point of electronics. need help selecting.
This is what i have and will use. Hitec HS-45HB servos. Spektrum Receiver.

what do i use for Battery? BEC? what else is needed?
Feb 26, 2013, 06:25 AM
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Just so it is known I Suck at covering. HaHa
i spent 3 1/2 hours just covering the pod with monocoat. still not happy with it.
waiting on my solite to get here to do wing. i hope that goes better
Feb 26, 2013, 07:16 AM
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what do i use for Battery?
Assuming you're electronics are okay with using 6volts I use these Cr123a batteries:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-NEW-OEM-Su...1103%26ps%3D54

These are NOT rechargeable! I put in a set in the early Spring and am able to fly all season. No worries if I wish to go fly at the last minute as I know they are charged and ready to go.

Curtis
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Feb 26, 2013, 07:18 AM
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ok almost to the point of electronics. need help selecting.
This is what i have and will use. Hitec HS-45HB servos. Spektrum Receiver.

what do i use for Battery? BEC? what else is needed?
There are a lot of opinions on this one, and if you read through the thread, you'll see them.

As for me, I opted for a 400mah 4-cell Nimh pack from Cheapbattertpacks.com (square configuration).
This is a much simpler option compared to a 2s lipo and regulator, or soldering together two camera batteries.

Three packs come to about $30 with shipping, and combined offer you more flying time than you're likely to use in a day.

YMMV

--the markster
Feb 26, 2013, 08:11 AM
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T I opted for a 400mah 4-cell Nimh pack from Cheapbattertpacks.com (square configuration).
This is the recommended batteries. Whatever you use the Gambler is designed for a battery pack that weighs between 20-30 grams, or about an ounce. If you go lighter you'll just be adding lead to the nose, so might as well use good old reliable NiMh cells.

I actually use a single LiIon rechargeable cell surplus from Qualcom Cell phones. They've lasted me forever and I will be sorely disappointed when they die of old age.
http://pease1.sr.unh.edu/aew/rc/HowTo/Qualcomm/
Mar 02, 2013, 06:45 AM
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covering question.... is it wise to make a covering hinge. or should i use the suggested tape
Mar 02, 2013, 07:01 AM
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I have had short life with covering hinges. It hasn't failed suddenly and completely, but they should be inspected frequently. Tape hinges aren't forever either, but they seem to last longer. Both must be replaced from time to time.
Mar 02, 2013, 07:41 AM
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covering question.... is it wise to make a covering hinge. or should i use the suggested tape
I used Blenderm tape for my hinges. This summer will mark three years of use on the original hinges.

-- the markster
Mar 02, 2013, 08:08 AM
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thanks!! great advice
Mar 02, 2013, 01:20 PM
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Another vote for Blenderm.
Mar 03, 2013, 06:14 PM
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my solite should be here on tuesday. I am ready to cover. spring is around the corner and I am pumped to add the Gambler to my fleet! I am sure I will be asking more questions when I start to add the electronics.
Mar 04, 2013, 08:02 AM
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I've always used tape hinges. Blenderm is my preferred tape as well.


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