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Old 06-23-2003, 04:32 PM
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Have a PI Sky Raider fully sheeted, was thinking of painting i/l/o covering or fiberglassing. Any thoughts or suggestions
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Old 06-23-2003, 08:11 PM
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Jim,

Painting is a good idea for durability and strength over time. I'm not familiar with this kit but I would suggest glassing it and painting it if you are going to paint it. The reason is twofold, first the covering cloth adds a lot of strenght to the surface by holding the grain together and solid in the balsa sheet. Second, if you just start painting and trying to fill the grain in the balsa with primer and paint you are going to add quite a bit of weight....proably the same if not more than you would with glassing....in order to get a smooth finish. Another method of covering that yield both these properties (strength, yet still light weight) is using dope and silkspan (heavy tissue) to cover the model. I'm sure there are numerous threads on here on that process if you do a search. It's a popular method of finish in scale circles. Hope these thoughts help.
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Some type of covering (other than paint) is required for strength! Flying a simply painted plane will result in a pile of sticks pretty quickly.

(Believe me, if I could get away with a simple paint job I CERTAINLY would.)
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Another thing would be to cover it with super coverite (unpainted stuff) and then paint it.

Works for me!
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