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May 30, 2008, 12:43 PM
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May 30, 2008, 12:45 PM
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Aug 28, 2008, 09:25 PM
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Can I get an opinion from one of you covering experts? Trying to decide between lightweight SolarFilm and typical Ultracote for a Hobby Lobby Miss Stik Sr. (55" wingspan lightweigh RET floater).

My thread is here, post #5: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=914623
Aug 28, 2008, 11:46 PM
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How about silkspan over mylar (doculam)? Beautiful, durable, and light. You can dye it whatever color you like.

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Can I get an opinion from one of you covering experts? Trying to decide between lightweight SolarFilm and typical Ultracote for a Hobby Lobby Miss Stik Sr. (55" wingspan lightweigh RET floater).

My thread is here, post #5: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=914623
Aug 29, 2008, 01:34 AM
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habitforming:
I would go with solarfilm. The plane is on the larger parkflyer size range, and ultracote might be too heavy and too strong for the airframe. Solarfilm should be just about right. You could probably even do solite (solarfilm light) if you wanted to, but it is somewhat transparent in the lighter colors.
Sep 03, 2008, 12:20 AM
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habitforming:
I would go with solarfilm. The plane is on the larger parkflyer size range, and ultracote might be too heavy and too strong for the airframe. Solarfilm should be just about right. You could probably even do solite (solarfilm light) if you wanted to, but it is somewhat transparent in the lighter colors.
Thanks markag

I went with AeroFILM (Solarfilm). I think it will do just fine!
Sep 03, 2008, 04:39 PM
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I'm going to be covering a SOARstik wing with yellow solite on the bottom and blue transparent solite on the top. I'd like the covering to meet on the top wing spar cover and my question is how I get a straight edge on the yellow over the blue. The blue solite will be easy since it will be the first layer, and I can just cut away from the spar cover, but how do I get the straight edge with the yellow solite? I read the tutorial where the red and white meet at the top, but I didn't catch the method where you get a straight line with the top layer. My concern is that I'll cut the blue solite when I try to cut a straight edge for the yellow solite.
Sep 03, 2008, 05:11 PM
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I'm going to be covering a SOARstik wing with yellow solite on the bottom and blue transparent solite on the top. I'd like the covering to meet on the top wing spar cover and my question is how I get a straight edge on the yellow over the blue. The blue solite will be easy since it will be the first layer, and I can just cut away from the spar cover, but how do I get the straight edge with the yellow solite? I read the tutorial where the red and white meet at the top, but I didn't catch the method where you get a straight line with the top layer. My concern is that I'll cut the blue solite when I try to cut a straight edge for the yellow solite.
Hi 7rider,

I'm trying to visualize a wing with a yellow bottom, and blue top. But I'm having a little trouble trying to figure out why the covering on top of the wing at the spar is being cut? Isn't the whole top half of the wing being done in blue?

Please forgive me inability to visualize this...

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Sep 03, 2008, 05:24 PM
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On the top, I only wish to use blue from the trailing edge to the top of the wing at the spar. The yellow will wrap over from underneath, past the leading edge to the top of the wing at the spar. I thought this might give a good contrast to the top of the wing.
Sep 03, 2008, 07:45 PM
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On the top, I only wish to use blue from the trailing edge to the top of the wing at the spar. The yellow will wrap over from underneath, past the leading edge to the top of the wing at the spar. I thought this might give a good contrast to the top of the wing.
Hi 7rider,

In reply #47 in this very thread, does the plane in the picture sort of resemble what you are tryig to do?

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Sep 07, 2008, 01:47 PM
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How to penetrate covering with a control rod?


Could someone share their thoughts on how best to pass a control rod through the covering? Should I just poke a hole and run it through? Should I put in a backing plate and drill a hole?

I'm about to cover a Miss Stik. Attached is a picture of the area I'm working with. Similar situation on the bottom, of course.
Sep 07, 2008, 03:31 PM
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I wonder if a layer of clear packing tape might help keep the covering from tearing?

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Could someone share their thoughts on how best to pass a control rod through the covering? Should I just poke a hole and run it through? Should I put in a backing plate and drill a hole?

I'm about to cover a Miss Stik. Attached is a picture of the area I'm working with. Similar situation on the bottom, of course.
Sep 07, 2008, 04:26 PM
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You could always make a simple bracing out of two pieces of scap balsa, and put one on either side of the pushrod tubing. Therefore, when you go and cut the little hole to let the tubing go through, you can still iron the covering there and it won't tear.

That's what I've done in similar instances -- also for when I need to route servo wires from the wing to the fuselage.
Sep 08, 2008, 12:48 AM
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here's what I came up with. I used an 1/8" brass tube as a punch to make the holes.
Sep 08, 2008, 12:52 AM
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Great solution -- it will work well!

You're probably going to be doing this already, but if you can, go ahead and remove the pushrods before covering. It will make your covering job much less stressful.


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