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Old 04-05-2007, 02:52 AM
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Hi all,
I'm gonna post over in the build tip fourm, but as I lurk here mostly I thought I'd toss this little tidbit up for your prusal. Some time ago I built up a "Frankinstang" from about 6 crashed PZ airframes I scapped up. Once I made a wing of sorts out of it I wanted to cover it with a REALLY wide clear packing tape. At Staples I found a DUCT tape brand "clear laminate". Hummm --clear, check --sticky on one side, check, --wide enough to cover the wing in one piece, check -- cheap,CHECK! The whole roll was like $5. I did the wing on "Frankinstang" and really liked the results. It lays down easy, sticks but can be lifted for re-positioning (untill its ironed on), is really light but once ironed on at low heat really sticks on there-even in contours. Well, I was out grabbing some air time at a local park with the P-51. Thought I was infront of the tree, wasn't. I was behind it. Full throttle high speed strafeing run dive into the top of a dead tree with a ^ 2 lbs model. Took the top 4 foot off the tree. Section I hit was 4-5 inch round, I thought the plane was done for. I could not belive how little damage the plane took at impact---- that ironed on laminate really held up.:o I had previously ironed it onto the bottom of my GWS Zero beater, and the pic's speak for themselves.
Anybody else useing this stuff? It really works grand on bashers.
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:11 AM
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Duct Tape Clear Laminate, huh? Will have to give it a shot!
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:45 PM
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Sounds great. Gonna check it out. I have some really cheap packing tape that sucks for sealing boxes but should be very good for planes because it is so thin and light. But the ability to cover the width of a wing seems hard to ignore! Great tip.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:49 PM
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I've used packing tape to cover wing channels and leading edges on my GWS birds, but I've never heard of this stuff before. I may have to go down and find some this weekend.

How well does paint adhere? Do you have to scuff it up first?
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CRX,
I have not painted the laminate. I painted the Zero and then added the covering. Belive it or not the photo's are of the paint/details through the lamiate. Leading edges of the wing top (3") and full wing bottom. Frankinstang was "as PZ painted it", ie. 6 shades of O.D.Green. It also made a GREAT hinge for my battery hatch (see photo). I'll be honest I don't think it would paint well at all. Thats why I feel it's more of a "beater" covering, but man it's strong, light and cheap.
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WooT!

Great tip. How wide is the roll?
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Is this the stuff?

http://www.duckproducts.com/products...id=22&plid=101
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Hoppy,
Yea, thats the stuff. Twmaster, Hoppers link is the exact stuff--18" x 24'. Try it and let me know what you think guys.
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:11 AM
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Not to beat a dead horse but I just wanted to add a bit of info. I flew the Zero today and noticed the laminate had pulled out of some of the coves. Mind you, the edges and flats were still bang on, but some of the concave areas needed to be pressed down again. Now this covering has been on there for months, but noteworthy. Also noteworthy was how it resisted some runway rash. Rubbed a wingtip on the runway by accident , thought for sure it was gonna be chunked out (lost about 1/8" off the right wing last time). Not a mark. Nothing. FWIW
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PS. I want to finsh up a decal post over in the build thread before I post this tip there (if anyone was wondering). I don't want to be a hog.
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