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Old 06-24-2004, 10:30 AM
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Default Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

For those of you that have covered a cub using... well anything... I'm using 21st Century coverite fabric. What I'm wondering is what is the best/preferred/easiest (one solution may work better for one and not the other) way of covering the fuselage? I'm at that point right now and have been doing a TON of head scratching (matter of fact that may explain why I'm going bald!) anyway I'm still not sure exactly the way to do it? I've attached 3 photos of posibilities that I've either personally viewed or have been told to do.

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Option 1: cover midway up side & add across the whole top "tubed" part


Option 2: cover to middle "tube"


Option 3: cover to outside top "tube" & add piece on top

More and larger pictures may be viewed at [link=http://www.kesabe.com/j3]http://www.kesabe.com/j3[/link] If you look at these I'd also be interested in any other feedback you would have on my progress.

BTW, it is a Great Planes 40 size J3 and will be powered by an OS 52 surpass 4-stroke.

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Old 06-24-2004, 10:40 AM
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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

Option 3 is the way to go, but remember to cover the bottom first.
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Old 06-24-2004, 11:07 AM
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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

MinnFlyer, Thanks for the response. Covering with option 3 will have a very small overlap of covering at the outside top "tubes". Will this be sufficient? Are there any other problem areas that I need to think about while covering the fuselage?

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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

I used option 3 on my Cub and everything worked out fine. IMHO that's the best way to go.
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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

The overlap won't be much, but it will be enough. Just make sure you bring the top piece down at least past the center of the dowel.

The other area to watch out for is that Spar that runs down the side of the Fuse.

try just sealing only the very edges of each side, then shrinking with a heat gun.
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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

Well that pretty much explains it!!! A picture is worth a thousand words.

Thanks a bunch!
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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

Minn always there with those great illustrations!
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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

I was going to use 21st Century fabric on mine. I changed my mind (just like a woman). I am going to use coverrite and paint it in OD greed and invasion stripes just for G&G's. I guess I will thank Min for the opinion as I was wondering the same thing. I will go with option 3 as well. Thanks Minn.

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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

::: Taking Bow :::

Thank YOU guys!

I have said before (But not for a while so it bears repeating) I am a Graphic Artist and Writer by trade, and I do some extremely tedious photo retouching on a daily basis. So doing these little illustrations for RCU is actually a nice break for me.

It's nice to know they're appreciated
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Make yourself an Attaboy Minn. You deserve it.

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Default RE: Great Planes J3 Cub Fuselage Covering Question

I second the pat on the back for MinnFlyer. Your graphics make things much easier to communicate, and what take the rest of us a page to describe (and still leave doubt), you can describe in one sentance by use of the diagram. Thanks for all your clear diagrams on many subjects.

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