[WWI] First report: Clear cigarette paper

Tom Mason tom.mason at charter.net
Fri Jul 13 23:25:54 EDT 2007

Have you ever tried using film splicing tape? It like cellophane tape but is 
crystal clear nad doesn't yellow with age. Might be to small for anything 
bigger than 1/72. I have used it for windows in ot aircraft. Some models are 
over 30yrs old and it is still fine.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "ernest thomas" <reason108 at hotmail.com>
To: <wwi at wwi-models.org>
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 8:03 PM
Subject: [WWI] First report: Clear cigarette paper

> Here's what I've learned so far:
> The package says this stuff is clear because the paper hasn't gone through 
> the chemical process that is normally used to turn the paper white. Now I 
> admit I don't really know jack chit about paper making in general and even 
> less about making rolling papers. But I would have bet a nickle that any 
> whitening process that paper goes through would be a bleaching process, to 
> remove undesireable(?) color. Anyone qualified to educate me(us) on 
> matters of paper manufacture?
> On 2nd thought, I'll just look up the JoB website. It is the age of the 
> internet, right?
> Anyway.... This stuff doesn't stick at all to styrene if you try just 
> licking it. Don't imagine it would stick to resin or metal either. I did 
> attach a piece of it to a bit of sprue with a little tenex glue. It was a 
> pretty good bond but I could easily peel it back over itself. The bond 
> held better against a shearing pull but I was still able to pull it apart. 
> I then glued it to the sprue with CA, which held very well. I could pull 
> it back over itself but when I pulled it in a shear, the clear paper tore, 
> leaving a section stuck to the sprue. Also notable was the nearly 
> permanent fingerprint that got pressed into the paper. And along those 
> same line is the seam from where it was folded to go into the packaging. 
> No matter how I tried pulling it tight, the seam never did become 
> invisible.This means that the biggest section you can get without the fold 
> seam is 3" x 5/8". I then applied 3 common brands of model paint to the 
> sample(Model Master Enamel, Humbrol enamel and Tamiya acrylic) to see how 
> well they stick to the paper. I also put a strip of Evergreen strip in the 
> paint while it was wet to see if it might have any adhesive properties. 
> I'll report those results after the paint has had time to fully cure. 
> Without having a micrometer, I can't say how thin this stuff is. It 
> handles similar to, but not exactly like, the celophane from a cigarette 
> pack. However, for about half the price of a pack of cigarettes, you can 
> have 32 sheets of 3"x1-3/4" clear film, folded in half lengthwise.
> It isn't the wonder film I hoped it would be but it's certainly welcome on 
> the bench. I'm sure I'll find some use for it.
> Oh yeah, as a rolling paper it looks really weird and handles kinda weird 
> but it's tasteless, which means it tastes better than white paper and it 
> burns real slow so you get a lot more tokes from your joint. However, as I 
> mentioned before: It captures fingerprints really well so I wouldn't 
> recomend it for anyone who doesn't want to leave that sort of traceable 
> evidence laying around.
> E.
> Paradise is exactly like where you are right now
> only much, much better.
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