Monokote for covering fins

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I was wondering if anyone has tried using Monokote or Ultracote for covering fins? If so did You have good results? Thank You
 

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I'm an Ultracote guy.. But no, not done yet, although I have a few lined up (along with 2 planes to do!)
 

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I have used monokote for years on both planes and rockets. No matter what else you may do make sure you cover fin in one piece with the LE having no seams.
 

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Great thought. Wondering how the heat shrink reacts with single sheet (non plywood) balsa? I guess whatever doesn't break it makes it stronger (and purtier!)
 

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I did it once a long time ago. Movers lost a box with about $100 of monocote in it 2 moves ago. NC's are a pain fins aren't too bad. The rocket met a bad end after a few flights (failed to eject and started a small fire). It's been so long that I don't remember the flight to much. Body tubes are pretty easy and fins not to bad. I've seen an adult sit on an well made monocoted wing in between two tables. So a built up fin could be made quite strong.
 

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Wondering how the heat shrink reacts with single sheet (non plywood) balsa?
Not sure what you mean, but we have been using it on single sheets of balsa since the 1960s.
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The iron should be hot enough to set the glue, not shrink it on the first pass.. do both sides, then up the heat a bit to tighten it up..
 

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Warping can be a problem, especially with Balsa Fins. The use of Monokote, SolarFilm, Ultracote, and many other plastic model airplane-covering films have been used, at least since the 1970's.

This photo below is Martin Catt's ( DARS ) "Merlin" at NARAM-19, in 1977 ( Kansas City ) . . . He used Monokote on the Fins and as Trim.

The orange E Dual Egglofter to the right is mine, also at NARAM-19, powered by an FSI E60. Unfortunately, at that time FSI E60's were very cato-prone ( over 80% of them failed at NARAM-19 ) and the motor exploded, about 5 feet off the end of the rod.

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I have covered a couple of mid and high power rockets with Super Monokote without issues. Might be because I have covered about a hundred balsa RC aircraft with Super Monokote and Ultracote over the years. One 3" airframe rocket model is 25 years old and still looks like new. No paint chipping.

While one poster indicated that the fin covering needed to be one piece with no seam on the fin leading edge, both of mine had seams on the fin leading edge. No issues in my experience. I did allow a generous seam overlap of 1/4" to 3/8" , though. Just be sure the overlaps are well sealed.

Have also used both Super Monokote and self adhesive Trim Monokote as trim on painted models.

Life is too short to cover nose cones with heat shrink covering, though....:)
 
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