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Old 12-18-2003, 09:10 PM
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Which type of cover has the least amount of shrinkage, monokote, ultracoat, or some other brand. I am having problems with warping my wings when I cover.
Old 12-19-2003, 09:41 AM
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Then you'd be better off with something that has a lot of shrinkage, because once you get a warp, you can get it out by heating the other side.
Old 12-19-2003, 09:52 AM
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The lighter coverings won't warp delicate structures as bad. Solarfilm, for example, doesn't have as much shrinking power. However, it is also "softer" in that it feels rubbery after applied so it probably distorts more in flight.

What plane are you having the problem with?
Old 12-19-2003, 10:12 AM
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Hi twostrock,sounds as you are using to much heat.,I use a iron with built in thermostat control,also have separate thermostat to check iron heat.I lay ultra cote at 250 temp and mono at 275,at 300 both start stretching,use only just enough heat to do the job.
Old 12-19-2003, 10:28 AM
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Econokote or tower cote is pretty pliable and low-shrink, and I've herd of guys like faye stilley (?) pre shrinking the covering to an extent in your avrage oven. Don't know how he does it but he does, if it's a small electric, use nelsons lite-film. If you like the cloth look use world text, it's simply outstanding and easy to apply.
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PlaneBuilder - Am I mistaken or is WorldTex the same thing as SolarTex?
Old 12-19-2003, 07:16 PM
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This is the covering on a lazy bee wing which is built very light wish I would have used hardwood for the spars and trailing edge.

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