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Old 03-08-2003, 03:56 AM
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I have just completed bulding a Cap 232 and am in the process of covering it. Would like to cover it just like the picture on the box (red, white, blue). Have done a little covering but am no expert. Would appreciate any advise anyone can give regarding how to Monokoe over Monokote without leaving bubbles! How to lay out patterns for wings, fuse and tail sections? Sure would like to hear from some of you experts!!! Thanks
Old 03-08-2003, 05:30 PM
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Try to keep the areas where you'll end up with Mono over Mono to a minimum. For the large areas, stop with the first color 1/4" past where the second color will start so there's a small overlap,(also saves on weight). Try to plan ahead so all of your TOP lateral laps face rearward. Small areas are easy to do with Monocote trim sheets which are sticky like a decal. Once you have the piece cut, wet your fingers and pull off the paper, then wet the backside with Windex and apply to the model. I use a 2" x 2" x 1/8" piece of balsa to squeegee out the bubbles after it is in position. Small areas can also be done with regular Monocote with your iron set to LOW and working slowly from the center out, but it's difficult to avoid getting some bubbles. Monocote trim solvent is supposed to work well for regular Mono but I have never used it. I usually make my patterns out of paper that is somewhat transparent and lay them right on the model. Making patterns takes a little time but I think it's the best way to get the pieces to fit perfectly without worrying about cutting them after they're applied. Compound curves that need to be stretched and pulled will have to be trimed off afterward, so these areas can't be pre-cut to an exact fit. These are methods that work for me, hope they help you out!
Old 03-08-2003, 11:02 PM
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If you opt to use MonoKote Trim Solvent, use a VERRRRY SMALL amount. If you use too much, the trim sticks instantly, and will not come up for repositioning. When you lay the top piece over the area with the solvent on it, you need to anchor one end, then use your fingers to squeegee it down in order to prevent bubbles. Practice on some scrap before you do it on your nicely covered plane. It takes some practice. This solvent is also good for cleaning up any "bleeding" of colors on edges.

I've tried to poke holes in my base color (with a Woodpecker or a pin) then iron the top trim color down over it. It worked OK, but you could see the little holes through the top color (white in that case).

Next plane I do, I'm going to try soapy water to lay down the top color, let dry, then use a trim iron around the outer edges to affix it. Sounds like it will work well.

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Thanx for the great advise! This will help me a lot! Keith
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There's one of Harry Higley's books out called "Tom's Techniques" which might be helpful to you as well. It explains a few tips on using a piece of glass to join different colors as a "skin" before you apply it to the structure, and some other tips on getting a show quality finsh with Monokote.
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I'll look for the book. Thanx for the info

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