Video How To: Fabric Covering RC Planes

Video How To: Fabric Covering RC Planes

We’ve received several emails asking about covering scale models. While I was building my the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, I wrote this post that goes into detail about what’s required. Your response was impressive and many of you asked about Scale Stits fabric and Poly Tak adhesive, from F&M Enterprises. So, I brought the video camera into the workshop and  made these How To Videos. Included are all the steps and techniques I used to cover one of the ailerons of my Sopwith Camel, while highlighting useful tips and tricks. Personally, I think it is very easy to do. The polyester fabric and the heat activated adhesive are simple to apply. Here ya go. Enjoy

Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes -- Video How To Stits Lite Radio Control Scale

Scale Stits and the Poly Fiber covering system is designed to work together to produce an easy to apply and durable fabric covered finish.

Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes -- Video How To Stits Lite Radio Control Scale

The most important things for a great finish a clean work surface and sharp X-Acto blades.

Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes -- Video How To Stits Lite Radio Control Scale

See the How To videos below.

Video How To Part 1.

Video How To Part 2

Editor’s Note: MEK is no longer available so an acceptable replacement is Acetone solvent.

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  1. Gerry,
    I just picked up a quart can of MEK at my Menards. I was really there to pick up a quart can of Acetone and the MEK was next to it.
    So, my Menards carry it. Maybe yours does too?

    https://www.menards.com/main/search.html?sf_categoryHierarchy=&search=MEK

    Covering with tissue, the old Coverite’s Micafilm and Airspan, and other coverings that don’t have the glue on the covering is similar.

    I miss the days of Coverite’s Fabric-Cote and all the other iron-on fabric covering. All you had to do was to use Coverite’s or Sig’s stick-it on the airframe. and iron on the fabric covering. Though the covering was very heavy.
    The fabric covering was just like the plastic covering. You could get it in any color you wanted.

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