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Old 03-01-2018, 11:48 PM
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I have read that a few years ago there was a problem of getting Monokote to shrink. Anyone know if that is still a problem? Thanks.
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Old 03-01-2018, 11:53 PM
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I just recently covered my 1/5 scale Waco with Monokote with no issues. I do like Ultracote better but couldn't get it in the color I wanted for the Waco
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Old 03-02-2018, 12:55 AM
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A few of us have been using the film from ValueHobby. You can not beat the price. Shrinks what seems to be a mile. Sticks as well as Ultracote. One guy swears it is identical to ultracote but I think it is a little bit stiffer. The stuff from Hobbyking "aint bad",butI will continue to use the stuff from ValueHobby.
In my experience, the current version of Monocote seems to require quite a bit more heat.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:03 AM
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Monokote has always been a high heat material, I use it on tough strong airframes because it will pull hard, a glider wing might crush.

I have never had a time where it did not shrink.

Some materials may shrink or stretch more or less than others, but that's why we have different types. Compound curves will test your ability, I find the hot air blowers used for making greeting card to be very helpful. Mine has an outlet about 1/2" dia, you can really get into tight spots.
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Old 03-02-2018, 12:36 PM
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I used a domestic iron for years .. great for flats but always had those awkward spots. Then I bought the Solarfilm Iron ... then I realised what I had been missing.
I also had a Hot Air gun designed for film use instead of the too low temp Hairdryer or too hot Paint Stripper versions

Of course that was many years ago and I lost them ..

Scroll fwd many years and I bought the Hobby King Iron and their 'pizza cutter' .... magic. All I need now is another Hot Air gun for film.

I use nearly always HK film now as Solarfilm - my preferred is too expensive ...

HK film - I like but its heavier than Solarfilm and has that white adhesive back that 'creeps' leaving a joint line. Why they cannot have clear like others ?

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Old 03-02-2018, 03:33 PM
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I mainly use the Hobby King film and just wipe the joint with some acetone quickly to remove the glue line but I don't really have a problem with it. I have a iron with a digital display and I write down the temps for each different film I use. 5 degrees can make quite a difference sometimes. I got the digital iron for less than what some were charging for the iron with the adjustable knob.
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Old 03-02-2018, 04:11 PM
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Once again this hobby shows the variations that make it so great. So many different methods, brands, and ways of making it all work. I learn something just about every time I read one of these threads.

And all done without smashing other products. Great input guys.
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