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Old 10-06-2018, 06:36 PM
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Question Covering a Cessna 182 Top Flite Kit

Hello! Iím getting ready to start covering on my Cessna 182 Skylane. Itís built from a Top Flite Kit. My question is, is there a covering material that I can use that goes on and shrinks like Sig Koverall that would have the look lof a real ďCessnaĒ when itís done? A friend of mine said it wouldnít have the right look if I used Koverall. I agree with him, but I really like the finish I can get when using Koverall. He suggested using Monokote covering which I have used on many models in the past. The problem is I always get wrinkles in the Monokote. I was hoping to find a covering material other than Monokote that would give the correct finish without the wrinkles. If anyone out there has any suggestions for a covering other than Monokote, please let me know.

I was was also wondering if there could be some kind of automobile finish I could use to get the correct finish on my Cessna. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:54 PM
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I never had a wrinkle problem with the old Monokote but I've heard that isn't always true with the recent stuff. My most recent planes have been done with SolarTex/WorldTex. On my Corsair I used plain white SolarTex and sprayed white Monokote Primer to get a fuel proof coat. Then sanded that smooth as metal and sprayed Rustoleum in two different blue colors to get the 3 color Navy/Marine paint scheme. It's a little heavier than just plain Monokote gives a fantastic, metal-like finish. Whatever you use finish it up with Maquires Car Wax. It protects the finish and makes cleanup a snap. I've put it on both the SolarTex and Monokote coverings. And I use Orange cleaner which is pretty heavy duty stuff to clean up fuel residue and it doesn't hurt the finish. Just rewax a couple of times a years.
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Thank you for your quick reply! I will have to get some solartex covering. Did you use a brush yo put the paint on or an airbrush? Just wondering. Thanks again!
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:00 AM
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Be aware SolarTex covering is a textured material. Very good for a Cub or a model that you want a texture on, particularly for a model that used a fabric covering on the full-scale version, however if you're looking for a shiny smooth finish the Cessna has(being a metal base with it's gloss paint)... then a film like Monokote would probably give more of a scale look with it's smooth/shiny finish.

You'll do fine with either one I'm sure. Film's just take a bit of practice, but are very doable without getting any wrinkling. I just thought I'd mention the above about the SolarTex... as the "Tex" in SolarTex stands for texture, and it definitely has a mild texture. Good luck with your project.
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Personally for a scale model of an airplane where the full scale was aluminum I would go with glassing the surface. All it takes is covering the surface with 3/4 oz fiberglass cloth to seal the wood and then application of primer while sanding between coats of primer until it is as smooth as you want it. The main thing to success here is product selection. The cloth needs to be adhered to the surface with epoxy laminating resin. Since that kit uses some ABS plastic parts, the glass/epoxy will stick to those parts well and will keep the seam between wood an plastic invisible. For primer I like to use Klass Kote white primer with the quick dry hardener. Once primed and ready to paint, I use Duplicolor Lacquer that can be purchased in most auto parts stores. Lastly I spray a Urethane clear for fuelproofing. This is more expensive and time consuming then other methods however it will give great looking results that will last for years.
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Thank you for your input on finishing my Cessna 182. I appreciate it very much!
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