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Old 02-15-2007, 12:52 PM
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I am building an electric balsa kit plane. will be about 20 ozs when done. can some one tell me the best type covering to use?
is monokote to heavy?
Old 02-15-2007, 01:16 PM
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I think that Econocote and the Tower coat is supposed to be lightest.
Old 02-15-2007, 01:33 PM
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Use this stuff: Coverite Microlite [link]http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXGDV9&P=0[/link]

I found it a bit difficult to work with due to how thin the material is, but I was able to still produce a nice looking airplane.

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Old 02-15-2007, 06:51 PM
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what plane of yous did you cover in microlite?
do you have a pic
Old 02-16-2007, 08:59 PM
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Default RE: what type of covering?????

Try Ultracote lite. Its very light weight, and more important it wont overshrink and twist delicate structures such as wings, and tail feathers more common on electric powered airplanes. What plane are you covering? Also have had good results with Sig brand covering AeroKote-Lite. I wont be using Monocote anymore. Good luck. Hey I grew up in New Jersey as well.
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Default RE: what type of covering?????

im using the plans from a great planes lil poke
i copied most of the parts from the kit with thicker wood to beef up the plane
made the wing flat instead of tipped up on the ends like the original
using a rim fire 28 30 950 brushless motor

its not quite done yet
driving myself nuts trying to decide on covering to use
thanks everyone for your suggestions




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Old 02-17-2007, 09:31 PM
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Default RE: what type of covering?????

I Used Aerocote Lite ( Any Light Covering Will Do ) And The Thing I Felt Was The Biggest Problem Was Shrinking The Covering And Twisting The Wing.All Went Well But Keep It In The Back Of Your Mnd .
Good Luck
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I covered a House of Balsa AT-6. Saved a couple of ounces over Monokote.

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Default RE: what type of covering?????

Solar Lite film, Nelson Lite film weigh about .6 oz per sq yd. Nelson also has a lite weight fabric. I am not sure of the weight of the fabric, but it is extremely light. Microlite film is another good choice, also about .6 oz per sq yd. No experience with Ultracote lite.
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after all the advise i got and all the research i did, i went against all of it and used towerkote(because its what i had and was too cheap to buy something else)
what a mistake!!!!! i didnt even finish i hated it, looked like crap
towerkote too heavy would not stick in places
plus my inexperience in covering did not help
tore it all off
ordered microlite
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:38 AM
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Default RE: what type of covering?????

used coverite microlite
went on much better than towerkote
first flight went great
cant wait to get in air again

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