JayW Posted January 8 Author Share Posted January 8 (edited) 4 hours ago, Ayovan said: I like the dope and tissue, but did you ever consider using silk instead of tissue. Well, this ship has already sailed for the rudder. However the elevators and ailerons and some of the outboard wing remain. I will take that under consideration. 1 hour ago, Oldbaldguy said: I see you’ve tried traditional tissue covering material. That stuff is not the best for what you’re trying to do. Plastic covering material such as Monokote or something similar is thin, easy to use and does not need much attention to look good under a coat of paint. It comes in many colors and a roll of it is not that expensive. I think the tissue you’re using is too heavy to work well in 1/18th. Second point: The “draped” look on control surfaces is a myth. Simple truth is, the fabric skin on a control surface is flat just like aluminum. Nobody much wants to hear that because a “draped” fabric covering “looks so realistic” and all. But it doesn’t. You may see that effect between the ribs on some fabric covered wings, but not on a properly covered control surface. The tissue I used is 0.001 inch thick. Certainly not heavy. Not familiar with monokote, but I will look into it. As I stated above, the elevators, ailerons and outboard wings remain to be skinned with some sort of "fabric". So I can try something else. As far as a "draped" appearance, I have made a skeleton that closely follows the real thing. I have the correct number of ribs, spaced correctly, and the contour of the rudder, although too thick (I had to keep the thickness unchanged so it matches the fuselage and fin) is close. Both the full scale rudder and my rudder have compound curvature. I believe that no matter how taut a fabric skin is, it is going to seek a flat contour if it can. Only formers of some kind underneath it will force it to a curved contour. And in between curved ribs where there is nothing to support the fabric, there will be some finite amount of "draping" although small. Every picture in the Dana Bell #7 and #8 books where a rudder is shown, you can see some small amount of "draping". I think my rudder will have a very representative amount of this, as long as the tissue remains taut. Since I posted earlier, I have applied several coats of Tamiya semi-gloss spray. This appears to have smoothed out some of that roughness. It's a little scary - each coat tended to slightly sag the tissue, but each time it sprang back taut as the paint dried. Hopefully there is enough paint on there now so that the blue top coat will not do same. I'll find out soon. Next, I will be applying strips of decal paper to simulate the doubled up areas of fabric. Wish I could pink the edges, but at this scale the pinked edges are just too small. Look - each rib and the spars area covered with an extra layer of fabric. I hope the decal strips will represent that convincingly: Also I have begun construction of the tab. Thank you for the comments. Will post soon. Edited January 8 by JayW Rocat, daHeld and CShanne 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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