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Old 08-01-2003, 08:55 PM
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

I have had many Arfs over the last few years. Most of them are built fairly well and with some minor modifications for strength are good planes. But the covering stinks! This Modeltech P-47 is going together well and i expect it to be an impressive flyer but I would gladly pay a bit extra for covering in Ultra or Monokote.
Old 08-01-2003, 09:15 PM
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

Absolutely! I just got my first ARF today, and it is covered in UltraCote. But, I know what you mean, I have seen those shelf-paper type ones. I think it would be worth whatever the actual honest cost would be.
Old 08-01-2003, 09:22 PM
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

Most of the upper end ARF's {Kangke, World, Yellow} are covered with Ultracoat or Monocoat. Some of the other coverings may look good but either don't last or can't be repaired, thats one of the reasons they're cheaper.
Old 08-01-2003, 10:26 PM
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

If you will check the overall prices of ARFs, you will notice that many ARFs that are covered in shelfpaper cost just as much as as ARFs covered in major brand iron on. Why pay more for good covering, just dont buy ARFs with cheap covering.
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

Its not only the covering material but the way they apply the covering that stinks to... Many times i see where they dont apply the right way and after 5 flights the covering is coming off
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

Originally posted by TLH101
If you will check the overall prices of ARFs, you will notice that many ARFs that are covered in shelfpaper cost just as much as as ARFs covered in major brand iron on. Why pay more for good covering, just dont buy ARFs with cheap covering.
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Old 08-02-2003, 12:38 AM
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Default Its not only the covering material but the way they apply the covering that stinks to

My GP Patty Wagstaff ARF is built really well but when they covered it they just slapped it on and shrunk it to an acceptable fit. Let me tell you MONOCOAT only shrinks so much. I am in the habit of going over the coving job so it doesn't come off or bubble in the sun but this wouldnt shrink much more. I was pretty dissappointed.
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

I like ultracote because it's easier to apply and work with, great for novices like me. Monokote has greater appearance and is generally a better finish priduct, but you have to be good to put it on and keep it on ONCE. f you have to reposition, it's ruined.


Thant's why I prefer Ultra cote.
Old 08-02-2003, 02:46 AM
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

for us covering is very important as we keep our planes for years and they must look and stay good.
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

I have noticed one thing in recent years.....many more ARFS are covered with monokote/ultracote/oracover these days....I think they're moving in the right direction!
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Default Would you pay a little extra for better covering?

One of the go/no go selling points of an ARF to me is the covering.

I don't really care what brand, but monokote, ultracote, 21st century (whatever it's called) is a BIG plus so that I can..

1. Repair it
2. Match it should I need to
3. Match it for trim

Of course I'm very new to the sport so repair is a big plus for me, that and we have tall weeds around our field which if you hit a seed head in the least on a landing approach (their 7foot tall) it instantly rips thru monokote.

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