Commonly used model aircraft building materials - Cross reference

As the communications within our hobby has expanded beyond the local boundaries, we often come across product names or terms that are not always relevant in our own location. This page aims to provide a cross reference for these terms so that people from all over the world can understand what is being referred to.

Material namesBrand namesDescription of material and uses
  • Methylated spirits
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Metho
  Methylated spirits is a mixture of ethyl alcohol (95%) and methyl alcohol (%5). The methyl alcohol is poisonous and is added to prevent the methylated spirits being used as cheap drinking alcohol. We use metho as a thinning agent for epoxy.
  • Cyanocylocrate
  • Superglue
  • Crazyglue
  • CA
  • HotStuff
  • Zap
  • Flash
One of the more revolutionary glues to have come into the modelling scene, CA is an extremely fast curing glue
  • Carbon fiber tow
  • Carbon fiber loose ribbon
  • Bolly Tow
  • Dave Brown CF Tow
CF Tow usually consists of several thousand raw CF strands wrapped together in a ribbon/tow, from this product most CF products are made, such as booms, cloth and even propellers.
  • Laminating film
  • Doculam
  • Angelcover
  • Tuffcover
. Laminating film of 1500 microns thickness is commonly used for covering small planes. The film is typically supplied on rolls in 300~400mm widths with a length of 100~200m. The film has two distinct sides, a smooth outer surface and a matt, slightly rough inner surface which is covered with the adhesive material. Off the roll laminating film has a slightly opaque appearance. When heated the adhesive material converts and becomes translucent. Laminating film is very tough for its thickness and can handle a lot of heat without suffering burn-through.
  • Polyurethane varnish
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Cabots' Crystal Clear
  • Minwax Polycrylic
This paint is used as a replacement for resin when fiber glassing. While it does not possess the strength or rigidity of resin it is a suitable replacement for areas such as covering surfaces for the sake of impact resistance and surface durability. Each paint brand will have their own particular product namings, the key is to look for ``water wash-up'', ``polyurethane'' or ``acrylic'' stains and varnishes.

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