LIGHTWEIGHT COVERING MATERIALS

Lightweight Covering Materials FAQS

ESAKI TISSUE AND SILK

Quality tissue made in Japan by Esaki, a tissue developed by the original manufacturers in a range of colours and weights specifically for covering model aircraft. Cover shiny side inside, not critical but don't mix as a different sheen results from the two different surface finishes. There is very little grain but it runs down the longest measurement of the sheet. The Lite Flite is probably the best tissue to use over Mylar covering.

Esaki Tissue

Lite Flite:

450mm (18”) x 600mm (24”) (12.5 gms per sq. metre)
Red, Yellow, Blue, Sky-Blue, Orange, Green, White, Black, Brown £0.75 per sheet plus post.
Silver £2.00 per sheet plus post.
Chequered (12mm Squares) Red/White, Black/White, Black/Red, Black/Yellow, Blue/White. Yellow/White £1.50 per sheet plus post. 

Medium Flite:

600mm (24”) x 900mm (36”) (14.0 gms per sq. metre)
Blue/White £1.50 per sheet plus post.

Super Flite: 

600mm (24”) x 900mm (36”) (21.5 gms per sq. metre)
Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, White £1.50 per sheet plus post.

Rolled tissue add £1 extra per order. Rolling applies to Esaki tissue only.

(Prices are for tissue sent folded in an envelope, large orders or extra for packaging and post will ensure it is sent rolled - the cost of post and packaging can be more than the value of the tissue! If sent folded and it arrives creased, iron with warm household iron and leave flat overnight before use and it will be o.k.). You can send a tube with your order if you wish.

Esaki Silk

900mm (36”) x 900mm (36”) (12 gms per sq. metre) Lightweight now discontinued
Royal Blue, Sky blue, Orange Gold, Black, Green £15.00 per pack plus post.

900mm (36”) x 900mm (36”) (18 gms per sq. metre) Heavyweight
Red, Cub Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Royal Blue, Sky blue, Orange Gold, White, Black, Green, Copper, Rose Pink, Silver £14.00 per pack plus post. .

MODELSPAN TISSUE

Modelspan tissue available in white and in two weights.

Lightweight 51cm x 76cm 12 gms per sq metre                          £0.75 per sheet
Heavyweight 51cm x 76cm 21 gms per sq metre                        £1.25 per sheet

DOPE PLASTICISER Tricresyl-Phosphate (TCP).

30mls bottle

£2.00 plus post

Add to clear dope to help guard against warps. A few drops per fluid ounce will do the trick. 30 mls. NOT AVAILABLE  THROUGH THE POST. Return your empty bottle for a credit.

CONDENSER TISSUE

500 mm (20") x 1000 mm (39")

WHITE ONLY

7.8 gms per sq. metre

£5.00 plus post.

OS FILM

25 foot rolls of this lightest of plastic films is now available for the covering of indoor models "2-gauge" or 0.5 microns thick. £28.00 per roll plus post. It is not cheap but it is a very special product.

Click here to download a PDF format file for user instructions


WHITE MIKALENTA TISSUE

Traditional Japanese tissue. Sold from the roll of 1 metre width - £2.50 per sq. metre, plus post.

POLYESTER TISSUE sold in the USA as "Polyspan".

Very tough, takes little dope, use like tissue, or iron on film, shrink with heat not water, any creases can be removed with an iron during the covering process. Sold from the roll of 1 metre width. Sent folded. See the product review page for further information.

Lightweight

15 gms per sq. metre

WHITE ONLY

£2.50 per sq. metre plus post

Standard

25 gms per sq. metre

WHITE ONLY

£3.00 per sq. metre plus post

Reinforced heavyweight

35 gms per sq. metre

WHITE ONLY

£8.50 per sq. metre plus post

DOPE SOLVENT/TISSUE REMOVER

200 mls bottle

£2.50

Just paint on to soften dope then simply peel off tissue.

NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE POST, ONLY ON THE FLYING FIELD. Return your empty bottles for a credit.

MYLAR COVERING MATERIAL/FOIL

A large range of Mylar films available for use on both indoor and outdoor models. Note no other widths or sizes avaiable. Clear or aluminised (aluminised single side finish with no stripes).

For details of specification see mylar

1 micron clear 1/20 mil 1.3 gms. per sq. metre 5 metres x 315mm wide £5.00plus post
2 micron clear 1/10 mil 2.4 gms.per sq. metre 5 metres x 315mm wide £5.00plus post

5 micron clear

1/4 mil

6.8 gms. per sq. metre

7.5 metres x 315 mm wide

£5.00 plus post

5 micron aluminised

1/4 mil

6.8 gms. per sq. metre

7.5 metres x 315 mm wide

£5.00 plus post

7.5 micron clear

3/8 mil

10.2 gms. per sq. metre

7.5 metres x 315 mm wide

£5.00 plus post

10 micron clear

1/2 mil

13.6 gms. per sq. metre

7.5 metres x 315 mm wide

£5.00 plus post

10 micron aluminised

1/2 mil

13.6 gms. per sq. metre

7.5 metres x 315 mm wide

£5.00 plus post

15 micron clear

3/4 mil

20.4 gms. per sq. metre

7.5 metres x 315 mm wide

£5.00 plus post

15 micron aluminised

3/4 mil

20.4 gms. per sq. metre

7.5 metres x 315 mm wide

£5.00 plus post

1 micron (0.001mm,0.0000394"). Use to cover indoor models, thicker and stronger than OS film. 

2 micron (0.002mm,0.0000787") Use to weatherproof glass covered sheet, fix to the surface with the final coat of resin to the glass, Kevlar, etc. or use to cover indoor models.

5 micron (0.005mm, 0.0001968") recommended for wings up to F1B and tails of up to F1A size models

7.5 micron (0.0075mm, 0.0002953") recommended for wings up to F1B and tails of up to F1A size models

10 micron (0.010mm, 0.0003937") recommended for wings for F1B size and tails for F1C size models

15 micron (0.015mm, 0.0005905") recommended for wings of large gliders and power models

Use instead of tissue or under tissue (use Esaki Lite Flite). 

For the detailed tissue over Mylar process see See Publications - "How-To-Do-It" No's.1,4,5,10,13 & 14.

SOLARFILM PRODUCTS

Free Flight Supplies sells some Solarfilm products, i.e. those items that fit in with the overall range of products.

Airspan (24-28 gms per sq.metre)

Very light, thin synthetic fibre tissue. Slightly porous so needs a light coat of dope to seal. This gives the rigidity and tension of a doped finish plus the extra strength and toughness of synthetic fibres.

Colours: - White, Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue, Black, Cream, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Pink.

Litespan (28-32 gms per sq.metre)

Very light, thin synthetic fibre tissue. Has been factory "doped" with a totally fuelproof resin.

Colours: - Tissue colours - Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue. Scale colours - Cream, Black, White, Silver, Dark Green (a Military shade).

910 mm (36") x 500 mm (20") Folded

£3.45 per sheet plus post

1820 mm (72")x 500 mm (20") Folded

£5.94 per sheet plus post

Balsaloc :

110 gm jar - £4.56 plus post. Water based emulsion that dries to a clear odourless film. Applied on a surface and allowed to dry, it forms a good heat seal adhesive. 

HEAT SEALING IRON

Iron with Teflon coated shoe, temperature adjustable for attaching Polyester tissue, Mylar, MICAFILM, AIRSPAN, LITESPAN, etc. £32.99 plus post.

See Publications - "How-To-Do-It" No's.1,4,5,10,13 & 14, for help in using these covering materials.  

All prices plus postage and packing see Post and Packing

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