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Super Scale finishes with Ultra/Monocote

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Topic: Super Scale finishes with Ultra/Monocote
Posted By: bsbauman
Subject: Super Scale finishes with Ultra/Monocote
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2013 at 1:16pm
Do you ever get turned off by Ultracote or Monocote's plastic appearance?  
If so, this tip is for you.

Like many scale enthusiasts, I am often unsatisfied with the shinny appearance of the plastic, heat-shrink coverings used on many of today's ARFs.  IMO heat-shrink plastic coverings just do not look right on some planes. 

To that end, I thought I would pass along a tip that was shared with me several months ago.  I have since tried this technique on a portion of different materials and I am very happy with the outcome.  Below you will see a picture of the tail of my Hangar-9 1/4 scale J-3 Cub.  Note this is NOT fabric, the picture you see is the same exact covering as stock Cub yellow plastic covering.  

To get this finish, the original builder used Matte Liquidtex Varnish and applied 2 coats (in opposite directions) with a foam 1.5" paintbrush.  The outcome is a finish that looks remarkably like fabric and is not shinny.  With this technique, you can get the desired look without having to buy any rolls of fabric covering and without spending hours stripping/applying covering.  I have now done this method several times and am very pleased.  

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