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    Contributed by: Mike Buzzeo | Published: June 2006 | Views: 126188 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon

    Article by: Mike Buzzeo (MinnFlyer) Email Me

    "What's the secret to a good covering job?" That's a question that has been posted many times here at RCU. A few years ago, I did a basic tutorial on covering, but it was just that? Basic. So when it came time to cover a wing I recently finished, I decided to videotape the process to give you a more "In-Depth" look. But first, let's go back to basics.

    What tools are needed?

    Many of us who have been in this hobby for a while can tell you a story or two of how we once covered an entire plane with a few rolls of covering, a clothes iron, and razor blade. And yes, I've done that too. So as far as "What tools do you HAVE to have?" goes, that's all you need if you're broke, but I don't recommend it.

    A more appropriate list of tools would include:

    • A Covering Iron
    • A Heat Gun
    • A Good Supply of Fresh Razor Blades
    • A 36" (or 1 Meter) Metal Straight Edge

    A few extra handy items would be:

    • A Trim Iron
    • A 12" Metal Straight Edge
    • A Metal Square (or Triangle)
    • A Few Pins
    • Masking Tape
    • A Glove or Pliers (For pulling covering around corners while heating)

    For this Article, I'm covering a Great Planes Ultra Sport 40 Wing (The Original Ultra Sport, not the "Plus" version). The Color Scheme that I am using is one that I have used several times before. Here is what the final product will look like:

    The Top is mostly White with Red Wing Tips, and a Metallic Blue Band with White Stars on it. The Blue Band will also have a Pinstripe on each side.

    The Bottom of the Wing will have the same White outline and Red Wing Tip, but it will feature a Metallic Blue "Thunder Bird" design.

    One last note before we start - Remember the basic rules:

    • Cover from Back to Front to keep the seams out of the Air Stream
    • Cover from Bottom to Top to hide the seams from view

    Ok, it's time to start. I started out by covering the Belly Pan, but first, I added 3/8" wide strips to the corners where the Belly Pan meets the Wing. Note: These videos have very large file sizes. You can download each one by clicking on it, or download all of them in one large ZIP File by clicking Here.

    Once the Bellypan was covered, I started to cover the bottom of the wing beginning with the Trailing Edge.

    Now it's time to do the "Thunderbird" pattern on the bottom. I started by placing the "Feathers" at the Trailing Edge, and then added the blue "Wing".

    At this point, I switched over to covering the top, and then tackled the part many of you fear the most - Wingtips!

    Finally, adding a few pinstripes to the edges of the blue band really makes it stand out. And with the addition of the stars (Which our friend Ken at RC Graphics Zone cut for me), the wing is finished.

    Well, there it is. As you can see, there's no real magic to it. It just takes a little time and a good amount of patience. Hopefully, you'll be able to use a few of these pointers the next time you tackle a covering job! Good Luck!

    Comments on RCU Review: Video How to Another Look at Covering

    Posted by: FredKishi on 02/07/2008
    The best, very good!
    Posted by: Juan Rodriguez on 03/11/2008
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience....it's appreciated very much by me and many others, I'm sure !!
    Posted by: MinnFlyer on 03/12/2008
    Thanks guys, glad it was helpful!
    Posted by: linkadrip on 06/06/2008
    I have watched these videos several times never get tire d of them. Getting better at covering, Practice Pracatice. getting ready to cover a foam wing for a durabat 40 it.s not sheeted with balsa it.s just straight foam going to use the low heat econocoat covering would love to see a video of someone covering foam i.m thinking its going to be a litte different then covering wood. just glad the ends of the wing are flat so i dont have to try and stretch the covering dont think a heat gun would be to friendly to the foam.. Great Videos would love to see some more..
    Posted by: homeboy61 on 12/08/2009
    RCU Review: Video I always enjoy these videos thank you R.C.U for sharing
    Posted by: RWeston on 12/31/2009
    I've learned a couple of new covering tricks from this video. Thanks!
    Posted by: CHESTER1090 on 01/21/2010

    Posted by: CHESTER1090 on 01/21/2010
    great!! Thanks from someone that has never done it before; now I know at least how to get started and the steps required. Another reason I like this site. Thanks for sharing with me/us...
    Posted by: BobbyPatrick on 10/19/2010
    Wing Tips just got easier thanks to you. Great Video !!!
    Posted by: Skip on 02/04/2011
    Learned new trick. Thanks, Nice job. Skip
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