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Old 10-28-2002, 04:53 AM
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I use silkspan on Balsa surfaces and Sig Koverall on the open areas. Both applied with Nitrate Dope, sealed with Nitrate Dope, filled with Nitrate dope and talc and painted with Hobby Poxy or Butyrate Dope.

No sags, no wrinkles and no bubbles!
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Old 10-28-2002, 05:24 AM
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Just finished 3rd model ,....1st 2 - Monocote, last.... Worldtex
All finished products are determined by the skill and patience of the user, all above mentioned products can be used with remarkable results.
In my limited experience, Worldtex is hands down, the most user friendly product.
Example:
4* 120 plans recomend using 8 pcs covering (for fuse), with Worldtex, I covered it in only 3 and you cannot find a wrinkle on the plane, even around compound curves, anywhere.
Sig Something Extra, small plane, took me 2 weeks to cover the thing with Monocote. Then youve really got to watch with exteme caution not to poke a hole in the stuff, whereas fabrick, at least Worldtex is unbelievably strong.
Im sold on fabrick. Thats my .01c worth
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Old 10-28-2002, 03:07 PM
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I use Monokote. They have the most colors and I like the way it works. Every time I try a different covering, I learn new techniques that apply to Monokote and I get even better results.

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Old 10-28-2002, 04:11 PM
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With the number of Ultracote votes almost as high as the Monokote votes, why does Monokote demand a higher price on Ebay?
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Old 01-03-2005, 12:17 PM
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Building for 20 years, started with Monocote, tried some others, discovered micafilm! Strong, LIGHT, puncture resistant, high tensile strength (wings resist torsional flutter), a bit more difficult to use: need a source! Coverite no longer makes! Any leads out there?
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Old 01-03-2005, 12:54 PM
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Monokote with Balsarite. Why? Cause it's what I've always used and I've got lots of colors to choose from.
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Old 01-03-2005, 01:07 PM
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Profilm Rules
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Old 01-03-2005, 03:27 PM
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Ultracote when I care, shipping tape when I don't
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Old 01-03-2005, 03:35 PM
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Ultracote Because it's easier to use. But another great feature is that it has a white paper backing (Unlike MK's clear plastic backing)

The paper backing not only comes off easier, but it also allows you to draw your designs before cutting them
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:37 PM
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I don't like any of the iron-on coverings on the market, especially the plastic films like Monokote, etc. For the past 25 years I have used nothing but 1.6 oz. Ceconite and nitrate dope. Unlike all of the iron-ons, this fabric glues itself to the framework and adds tremendous strength to any airframe. Last month I built a small electric model, a deBolt Champ, and I once again tried Monokote thinking it would keep the weight down. What a mess! Wrinkles everywhere, and they won't come out. I should have known better.

My Ceconite covered models (all 1/4 scale and larger) look like new all the time - never a wrinkle or sag. On big models, you should consider using it. On small models, it shrinks so tight it can warp the framework, so be careful.
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:04 PM
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I like to use 100% Polyester dress lining material. If you look around the various fabric shops, you can find this material in many different weights and weaves. It can be applied easily by using nitrate dope as the adhesive or Balsarite or Sig Stixit. Heat shrinks well over open areas without subsequent sagging. Fills easily with nitrate dope and then finished with the paint of your choice. It's strong and cheap and lasts forever.
Sig Koverall is my second choice of covering. Both are good.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:51 AM
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I've found this stuff I call "Wonder Kote", as it is a clear iorn on film using low heat, and the underside can be painted, yep that's right it can be sprayed lightly to have a transparent color finish. Man it's really tough and has very good shrinking capabilities. This is the toughest iron on covering I've found and I've used all most all of them. Now the kicker,[8D] it's less then a $1.00 per foot.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:40 PM
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Other than a painted finish I’ve never found any other covering that looks and lasts as well as Monkote.
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:51 PM
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I started with Mono and then switched to Ultra for all my planes that are getting plastic covering. It's just A great product. For war birds or vintage planes I use the Solartex.
I'm good at covering but these two coverings make me look even better.
Mono has more colors to choose from though and they have paint to match. Ultra is sometimes very hard to get A paint match for so you should think about that too if you are painting wheel pants and A cowl to match. I always make sure I have the Ultra matching paint in my hand before I pick the colors.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:14 AM
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I much prefer Ultracote. It just looks better. the main advantages are
1. shrinks better and when it sticks to itself you can peel it back off
2. the backing can be drawn on
3. you can use the edges, I hate that with monokote you have to trim the edges, I especially hate the fact that they print on that edge, with ultracote you have a nice clean machine cut edge on both sides

I do like the sheen of monokote better. The big disadvantage to monokote is that some of the colors dont shrink well. The 2 worst I have found so far are transparent green and metallic red. The green shrinks very little and there is very little working room between shrink and burn.

The only reason I buy monokote is for trim. I cover the model in Ultracote and then trim out in monokote using the windex method. This gives a great finish.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:30 AM
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Holy crap talk about digging a thread out of the archives [X(]

Did I miss something that this horse must be dug up every three years to be beat again
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:12 AM
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ORIGINAL: BillyGoat

Holy crap talk about digging a thread out of the archives [X(]

Did I miss something that this horse must be dug up every three years to be beat again
The person who asked the question originally, in 2002, has not posted on RCU since 2006.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:22 AM
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I've already marked my calendar for 2011. By then I sure I will find something else I like about ultracote.
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:36 PM
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hello all
has anyone used tower kote?
at 7 bucks a roll i was thinking about trying it on my 4*60,
but don`t want to wast all the time working on the covering job just find it`s crap,.
i will speding the $$ if i have to,but why if i don`t.
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