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Old 07-06-2022, 09:57 AM
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I ordered some Randolph tautening nitrate dope from spruce…. Will tighten up the silk then apply KlassKote epoxy paint to fuel proof. Since I have the KlassKote on hand…. We’ll see what type of heavy mess i can create with that combo. LOL
Old 07-06-2022, 08:50 PM
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Hye Flyer, I'm currently finishing a Quickie 500 race plane exactly the same way. The wing is dope, and tissue, except the wing tips, which are double covered with silk and tissue. Whatever color scheme I decorate my plane with is color tissue. It will get approximately 5 coats of nitrate before clear KlassKote. The fuselage is 3/4 oz. glass cloth applied with MinWax polyurethane, and then clear coated with KlassKote. If you overcoat polyurethane with KlassKote give it 4 or 5 days to gas out. With this procedure I get good looking models, that have light weight finishes.
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Old 07-08-2022, 12:24 PM
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Say, Hye Flyer,

Wow, I've just built a arf(seagull) and I can appreciate how much more difficult it must be with your en devours, all I can say is there isn't much room to take the hobby any further, you have reached the top of rc class in my opinion.

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Old 07-08-2022, 08:56 PM
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Darren, I've been at this building, and finishing part of the hobby for about 65 years. It's a little work, but worth it. Yesterday I sprayed an all balsa fuselage with clear KlassKote as I describes in my earlier post. It came out great. The wing has white craft tissue on it, and will get a color "paint" scheme of tissue, and finally clear KlassKote. The airplane should be finished next week. If you are interested there is picture of one of my models on page 17 of the June issue of Model Aviation. That model was painted with K&B Super Poxy which is no longer available. If K&B paint was still available I would be using it. KlassKote is a little pricey, but very user friendly. .
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Old 07-13-2022, 08:23 AM
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Still waiting on the Randolph taunting dope to arrive from Spruce… takes a long time when not in stock in So Cal. I have glued down (nitrate) the silk… just need the nitrate tautening to tighten up a bit then KlassKote to finish/fuel proof.


Old 07-13-2022, 09:20 PM
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I got my latest quart of clear tautening from Wicks in Indiana. That was about a month ago, and I had it in 3 days.
Old 07-15-2022, 04:54 AM
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So i really screwed up… was so excited to have received the tautening dope from spruce that I wanted to apply to the silk on the wing asap. Well, without checking the labels, it was not until the last quarter of the wing did i realize i just covered the silk in NON tautening dope (cans look identical). I was mortified. Quickly I thinned the correct tautening nitrate dope and began to brush brush brush trying to penetrate the drying nitrate dope… omg. It tightened up a bit but still not where i wanted it.

Epic fail. This will become another flying brick with as much epoxy KlassKote that will be needed to harden the silk. Ugh…
Old 07-15-2022, 08:31 PM
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Non-tautening nitrate dope used to have a blue dye in it, to differentiate it from tautening nitrate. That way you knew what you were about to use when you opened the can. Having said that I've use non-tautening in applications similar to what you are doing without problems. Non-tautening will shrink some, but not as much as tautening. I think you will be fine after switching over to tautening nitrate. It will take 4 to 6 coats of dope (or more) just to fill the silk, so your first coat of non-tautening nitrate is only a small percentage of the total dope finish. Good luck. I sprayed clear KlassKote on my newest Quickie yesterday, and flew it today.
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Old 07-26-2022, 01:02 PM
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Thanks for the input… several coats of tautening dope and no more wrinkles even after my mess up. Still the longest build I have ever done… If i could, i would change the title to The Petrified ME 109 Build.



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Not much new on the ME lifetime build 109 but I did decide on the pilot. LOL



Old 08-02-2022, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Hye Flyer View Post
Not much new on the ME lifetime build 109 but I did decide on the pilot. LOL


I like it 😁
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Got a lot done this past weekend. Designed and laser cut the canopy for Col. Klink.

It began with the mockup.




Then the files were sent to the laser




You can follow the rest




















All and all, I think it turned out pretty darn well. Time for final assembly and details.
Also ordered my colors from KlassKote

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