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Old 04-25-2016, 02:56 AM   #1
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So I picked up this Great Planes Reactor from a buddy of mine. Got two 6s 4000 Mah packs to go along with it. I'm getting it set up to go fly this weekend. Looks like is going to be a fun plane to punch some holes in the sky with.

Great Planes has always made some nice stuff and this one is no exception. One of the things I really like, looks wise, is the semi transparent covering. You can see the wood grains in the sheeting showing through.

Will give a report on it after next weekend.


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Wow, that is one beauty! I'm amazed at some of the color schemes. If I manage to get a stripe on relatively straight I feel pretty good!

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I know right!?

Those Chinese guys and gals can sure cover!

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Nice looking plane! Here is a tutorial on how to cover when you are getting paid by the numbers, of course having pre-cut and pre-trimmed covering would be nice also.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMbYxEqgiw
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Great cover scheme, the brighter the better for me. I had the Reactor Bipe and found it to be a total handful, but my buddy has this one and it flies great.
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Great cover scheme, the brighter the better for me. I had the Reactor Bipe and found it to be a total handful, but my buddy has this one and it flies great.
That's good to hear. Well not that the Bipe was a handful but that this one flies great! Thanks!

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Originally Posted by P51 fan View Post
Nice looking plane! Here is a tutorial on how to cover when you are getting paid by the numbers, of course having pre-cut and pre-trimmed covering would be nice also.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMbYxEqgiw
That was quite impressive. I need the iron and heat gun she was using!

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That was quite impressive. I need the iron and heat gun she was using!
Ironically after years of using Coverite irons meant for this hobby and having them go to pot right when I need them most, I went and bought a mini travel clothes iron which is basically exactly what she is using. I'll never buy another small iron again.
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Ironically after years of using Coverite irons meant for this hobby and having them go to pot right when I need them most, I went and bought a mini travel clothes iron which is basically exactly what she is using. I'll never buy another small iron again.
For big jobs I will use my wife's iron. Just have to remember to turn the steam setting off!

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lol yep, on mine I use a soft dish towel for a "sock", just set the iron on it pull up the edges and I use a couple of #64 rubber bands to hold it. I also bought a cheap Harbor Frieght industrial heat gun, makes quick work out of shrinking.
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lol yep, on mine I use a soft dish towel for a "sock", just set the iron on it pull up the edges and I use a couple of #64 rubber bands to hold it. I also bought a cheap Harbor Frieght industrial heat gun, makes quick work out of shrinking.
That's what I really need. Gotta be careful though as they will burn through in a hurry!

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That's what I really need. Gotta be careful though as they will burn through in a hurry!
Yes anyone new to covering really needs to practice and learn to get a feel for how different heats affect covering, it also depends a lot on the brand/quality of the covering.

Lately I have been messing around with using cellophane gift wrap for a cheaper alternative to regular covering, it is a bit of a pain because it isn't adhesive backed so I use Super 77 spray adhesive. It works surprisingly well though considering it costs $1 a roll from Dollar Tree lol, shrinks well also.
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Cool, cheaper for sure.

There was a project down at SEFF where a bunch of guys were building a HUGE RC plane on site, start to finish the week of the event. It was more of an unmanned ultralight than it was a model plane. They were using Doculam

http://www.amazon.com/Doculam-Lamina.../dp/B001LQY38M

to cover the wings. Plane has a 24' wingspan!


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Yes I have used Doculam, in fact I still have some. The only problem I have had is it needs to be re-shrunk quite often. It can be painted after applied which is nice also.

I get a kick out of the gift wrap from Dollar Tree, it is a nice transparent blue...but, I still haven't figured out the purpose of transparent gift wrap lol, kind of defeats the purpose of wrapping a gift.
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I get a kick out of the gift wrap from Dollar Tree, it is a nice transparent blue...but, I still haven't figured out the purpose of transparent gift wrap lol, kind of defeats the purpose of wrapping a gift.
Ha, good point there

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