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Old 01-22-2007, 10:09 PM
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Can anyone give me a little more instruction than measure iron and shrink. I have monocoated before and it hasn't turned out just right. I have basically finished my uproar and have started to monocoat and it just doesn't look right. I really need any help that I can get.
Old 01-22-2007, 10:16 PM
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RCU member MinnFlyer has done some great how-to articles and videos on covering. check them out as they will go a long way to getting you started.
[link=] Minnflyer Covering how-to [/link]
[link=] Minnflyer Covering video, part 1 [/link]
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[link=] Minnflyer Covering video, part 3 [/link]

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Here is a quick what works for me.

I like to cut my piece over sized. Then tack a corner. I will usually tack a corner that has a straight cut first (such as a leading edge). Then I will tack all along that edge as I apply tension from the free end, making sure my piece is aligned nicely. Then I go back to the middle (of the edge I just tacked) and pull perpendicular at the bottom and iron it down making sure I am not pulling to the left or right. Then I pull tension on the two corners as I iron them out. Try to do a good job so you won't need a heat gun. Then trim the excess and make sure all edges are tacked down nicely. Cover both sides of wing and tail surfaces before going back to tighten your monokote. I will sometimes tighten one side excessively first if I have a wing that is not straight to attempt to flatten it.
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Don't be afraid to pull. Brace your finger agains the airframe, and really tug on the corner you're tacking down.

trim the sheet to be about 1"-2" larger all around teh surface you'er covering. Any more and it's waste, and hard to work. Anythign smaller and you cannot get a good grasp, and will burn your fingers!

I find most seem to lay it on the surface, then tap their iron all over it while gingerly & delicately pullin on a corner. You need it tight, as tight as you can as you lay it down. The hit it with the iron & heat gun to smooth it down & remove all the wrinkles.

Also, try Ultracoat. It is different in many ways. And I much prefer working with Ultracoat than Monokote.
Some prefer Monokote to Ultracoat.
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Chuck the Moneycoat, go out and get ya some UltraCoat and then follow the included directions Oh and ya still will need to practice, practice, practice! Also I use a trim iron to apply the coverimg and then a covering iron AND a heat gun to shrink and seal it to the airframe. I've been building models since the late 60's and I used Moneycoat for the first ten years or so. Got pretty good at it BUT then I tried Ultracoat, I've got this huge box of Moneycoat but haven't used any for the past 20 years or so. Once you've had Ultra you'll never go back to Money again.

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