How much cloth to order for skinning?

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How much cloth to order for skinning?

Postby Largest Al » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:35 pm

I know I am way early in my build, but I want to make sure I order enough canvas/duck/cloth to cover my trailer (if I find a sale).

Anyway, it is shaping up to be a 5x10 TD closer to the Grumman 2 profile. My feeble calculations are looking to buy 7+ yards of 57+" wide cloth for the sides and 5 yards of 67+" cloth for the roof. Wide and long enough for shrinkage, I hope.

I don't mind having extra, but also hate wasting cash.

Other suggestions are welcome.

All answers will be helpful, and smart-aleck ones get extra points towards the grand prize.

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Re: How much cloth to order for skinning?

Postby pchast » Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:02 pm

I wouldn't get less than 15 yards. Canvas shrinks and You need overlaps...
That's just for the outside. How will you do the interior?
That's just my opinion... From what I purchased.
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Re: How much cloth to order for skinning?

Postby KCStudly » Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:42 pm

If you have home made doors you need to plan for a couple of extra yards because the wall pieces need extra to fold in around the door jambs and the door pieces need extra to wrap around the door edges (i.e. you can't use the cut out pieces to cover the doors).

Same thing at the hatch, you need extra to wrap the ends of the hatch.
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