PARIS skins up with Rizlas and dope

Well, tissue paper and PVA...

Take our word for it, this works a treat. It dries taut and accepts a final coat of PVA without losing its composure. Here's a rear view of the finished skin - tighter than a nun's naughty bits and sufficiently strong to take a few knocks:

The tightened paper over the frame

Using standard A4 sheets of paper does, of course, offer an additional benefit, since you can print on it before deployment, meaning you don't have to paint on graphics and stuff after skinning.

Just so you know, the above test section survived 12 hours in the freezer without adverse affect. We're still running a few more tests to get the optimum result, but reckon this is the way to go.

And since our skinning snaps are not the most scintillating to come out of the PARIS project to date, we'll conclude with this teaser of a mock-up section of wing structure...

A mock-up of a section of wing spar

More details on that shortly. ®

Additional PARIS resources

  • Our dedicated PARIS section, with all previous updates, is right here.
  • New to PARIS? We have a basic mission summary here (pdf).
  • Our fledgling Flickr page, with all previous photos.
  • Check out our YouTube channel - currently featuring a few camera tests.

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