Fuselage Fabric

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jja66uk
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Fuselage Fabric

Postby jja66uk » Tue May 15, 2018 7:16 pm

Hello

I'm about to recover the fuselage frame of my Nipper and I've been advised to use Stits Poly-Fiber. Does anybody have any experience of this? I can only find one supplier, Aircraft Coverings Ltd. in Somerset. Has anybody had any dealings with them? Any advice would be very welcome as this is a first for me.

John

JimCrawford
Posts: 55

Re: Fuselage Fabric

Postby JimCrawford » Wed May 16, 2018 10:16 am

If I were considering recovering my Nipper I think Polyfiber would be the process of choice. It is well proven and the materials seem more pleasant to use than the Ceconite process. I've not used Polyfiber but I have done several Ceconite covers, the only problem I have is that I now have a stock of Ceconite dopes sufficient to do the job anyway! Perhaps I'll flog them through the rally flea market.
Oratex might be an interesting alternative, I considered it for a glider, but the prices are eye watering and it doesn't seem to be completely opaque so light colours over a solid surface (leading edge ply?) may be shaded by the substrate.

Remember that a very light aircraft is never improved by adding weight. I'd go for the lightest weight Polyfiber fabric, finish it as per the excellent manual - which is available on line if you want a preview - and I'd also rib stitch even though pundits may insist it isn't necessary.

Fabric covering can be a very satisfying process so good luck and enjoy.

Jim

Tipsy Flyer
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Location: South Africa

Re: Fuselage Fabric

Postby Tipsy Flyer » Wed May 16, 2018 10:36 am

Bob Grimstead recovered his British Fournier RF4 with Oratex. If I remember correctly, there was a weight deduction.

JimCrawford
Posts: 55

Re: Fuselage Fabric

Postby JimCrawford » Wed May 16, 2018 3:19 pm

That's one of the advantages with Oratex - significant weight reduction and no post covering finishing required.

Jim


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