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Old 07-01-2006, 09:07 PM
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I found two companies online that sell Nitrate and Butyrate dopes.

www.freeflightmodels.com
www.wicksaircraft.com

And www.dpproducts.com sells Flex-all that makes a good plasticizer to put as the top coat.
Old 07-02-2006, 03:01 AM
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Thanks very much for all of the advice. As cumbersome as the old school techniques seem, they aren't too much more difficult then the newer stuff and produce a really nice result. I have a decent P-47 build going, but here is a summary of my most recent 48 hours of pain.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_4451275/tm.htm

Take care all,

Tom
Old 07-05-2006, 09:11 PM
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Silk from Thai Silks does not shrink very much so it needs to be wet when it is applied. Then paint with a tautening dope. You have to know what you've got. Sig Nitrate is non-tautening, Superkote is a tautening butyrate, Litekote is a non-tautening butyrate, Brodak gives you a choice with the nitrate, I believe, and Aerodyne nitrate is tautening. Jim
Old 07-05-2006, 09:24 PM
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Default RE: Silk and Dope?

What weight of silk do you normally use for covering? does it vary by model size, i.e. lighter for .40 sized heavier for quarter scale and larger?
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All the Hatori silks from Thai are heavier than the silk Sig sells--tighter weave--and all are lighter than Koverall. So take your pick. Personally I would use 8 mm for .25 size and up, and one of the lighter ones for small planes. The 8 mm is available in stunning colors and the weight with clear dope won't be an issue on practically any RC glow model. Jim
Old 07-10-2006, 02:36 PM
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What type of brush and size are you using, and who carries them?
Old 07-10-2006, 02:40 PM
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Art supply stores... get a good, wide camel brush. Cheap ones leave bristles in the dope. Thin it the dope alot even if brushing. I'm going to spray only after the first coat or two.

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