Tuesday, September 13, 2016
What Happened to Butrate Dope?
In 1974 you paid 35 cents for a small jar.
Today, a 1 oz. jar of Aero Gloss Clear Dope retails for $9.49!!!
Butrate dope has gone out of fashion, it's hard to find at the dwindling brick and mortar hobby shops. Few people take the time to build "stick and tissue" Guillow's style models. Most all R/C planes are ARTF or RTF. Some websites now recommend using a glue stick to apply the tissue.
When I started, C engines were the limit, D engines were coming. You brush painted your rockets with Dope. If you only had A and B engines you were concerned about finished flying weight. NAR competitions were popular and everybody was reaching for the highest flight.
Spray paints are heavier than a dope finish. Brushed on dope never looked as smooth as a spray painted model.