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Old 02-02-2018, 09:11 PM
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Need to strip and recover an old Nieuport 17. What's the best fabric on the market today. Going to be electric so will probably go with White and paint it. Thanks
Old 02-03-2018, 04:16 AM
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How big is that plane? The kind of fabric I use will shrink enough to break a smaller airframe.

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50" wing span, 40"long, I've covered an S.E.5a with about the same dimensions that covered fine. Just wondered if there's something better out there.
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S.E.5a was covered with Solartex.
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Solartex may be your best option, particularly if you want an iron-on covering. There is also Coverall and Stits Lite fabrics, both of which require something like Stix-it, Poly Tak, or Balsa Rite to adhere the fabric to the plane. Coverall is lighter than Stits Lite but I think it takes more paint to fill the weave. Stits Lite may be a bit heavy for a 50" plane. If you use Solartex, I would go with natural unless the bulk of your paint scheme is white. The white would work out to be heavier if you're going to paint the whole plane some other color.
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Thought about buying a 5 yard roll of Silver to recover the Nieuport although I need about 15" to finish off the S.E.5. Shouldn't be any trouble painting the Olive drab over white or Silver should there? Thanks for you input. much appreciated.
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You shouldn't have any problem painting over Solartex.
Old 02-08-2018, 11:35 AM
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Default Need help please with open frame model

Hi guys I'm absolutely gutted I have spent a long time building a tomboy 36 for my daughter having never built a open frame model before I got everything perfectly straight and level before covering, then after covering with solartex I've noticed a considerable twist in the fuselage towards the back where the horizontal stab sits??? I thought I'd been extremely careful when covering but obviously not.
please tell me this isn't a throw away? ? I would really appreciate your help many thanks Simon.
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Twist the fuse to the opposite direction and while holding it shrink the fabric on the other side.
That should work .

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