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Film Covering
Basic Description Model airplane builders know all about the film coatings that are used to cover wings, but few people outside the hobby are aware of these amazing materials. You simply glue together a light wooden frame and then apply the film with an iron; the covering becomes drum tight and the entire assembly becomes remarkably strong. The film is available in a rainbow of colors and with some imagination you can create some wonderful projects; this technique would be perfect for a model, sculpture, dollhouse etc.
Materials Heat-shrinkable film, wood such as balsa or bass, glue. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools Hobby knife, iron. A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $16
Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy
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the project plan begins here

step:     1        

The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared before commencing because this allows you to progress without unnecessary interruptions.
a balsa wood wing with film covering

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 - Wood or plastic for frame. Confirm that the film will adhere to your frame material before commencing. Balsa wood works excellent as does bass wood.
#2 - Glue or other fastening method. Balsa wood adheres well with super glue.
#3 - Film covering. Many different brands and colors are available at hobby stores. Popular trade names include Monokote, Supercoat and Econokote.

Tool List

hobby knife to cut film and balsa or bass wood. If you use other woods you will need to use more aggressive cutting tools.
iron. household irons work well, but inexpensive small irons are available that are better suited for smaller areas. see picture in step 3.
recommended: cutting mat

step 2►

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