Building Materials, Covering

Building Materials, Covering

Postby illusionist on Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:53 am

Building materials, including covering for the rotors.
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Re: Building Materials, Covering

Postby illusionist on Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:12 pm

Okay, thedoctor. I'll just answer your question here. So mylar is obviously lighter. But the extra difficulty is not worth it unless you can build your helicopter at least .5 grams under the minimum requirement stated in the rules.

Tissue is great, however you will face issues with warp. Extra humidity will affect the tissue, and tissue in general is easy to rip. It will weigh more than Mylar.

The best material I have worked with, which I learned from Jeff Anderson, is produce bags. Try to find the flimsiest ones, and the ones with cool logos ;) . I believe these are in the same range as heavier tissue (I have no evidence to base this on), but are suitable for many teams. Unless you are at the national level, or have a 2+minute helicopter, I doubt it would affect your performance much. Produce bags are much easier to work with than Mylar and can be applied using very similar techniques.
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Re: Building Materials, Covering

Postby jander14indoor on Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:16 pm

IF you pick the right bags, its lighter than normal tissue, can be in range of condenser paper, more than indoor mylar.

But, you shouldn't guess, weigh a piece of known size (say 10 inch by 10 inch (or metric equivalent)) and compare. There is a LOT of variation out there. The heaviest is nasty, the lightest great.

For those new to this forum, its VERY easy to build helicopters to the min weights in these rules, IF YOU PLAN TO! Even easier to build a lead sinker if you don't. That means you must know what weight parts you are using and must have a scale handy!!

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