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jutrast

Senior Heliman

Henniker, NH

I'm in the process of building the Vario Dauphin, and am planning to paint it in Coast Guard colors for the HH-65c.

Does anyone know the appropriate 'orange' to use? I've heard it called International Orange, but from the pictures I've seen it doesn't look the same shade as the Golden Gate Bridge.

Anyone got color codes or connections with the Coast Guard? I'd love to get something close in a spray can... someone mentioned Chevy Orange engine paint. Alternatively, I can get something mixed up and put in spray cans, but I need the codes.

Thanks,
Toby

02-03-2010 Over year old.
Copter Doctor

rrProfessor

Enterprise/ft.rucker ,al- home of army aviation

you can pm rr member cgflyer. he works for the coastguard. he a;lso has a build thread on an hh52 guardian here as well.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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rjhpilot91

Senior Heliman

somers point, nj

I've flown on and maintained HH-65B and C models for 7 years. It is international orange and it can be purchased from any paint manufacturer. Also the PWC paints orange is very close.

Check my gallery for some Bravo and Charlie models pics.

Helicopters don't fly, they beat the air into submission!

02-03-2010 Over year old.
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cgflyer

Senior Heliman

Wellington, FL

PM sent

Hi Jutrast, I have PM'd you with information. Heck if you were closer we could take the top cowling from my 65 and have a paint store match it up.

Rich

02-03-2010 Over year old.
Hoverup

Elite Veteran

Golden Gulf Coast - USA

I live 45 minutes away from the USCG Mobile ATC. I have validated the rattle can Dupli Color Engine paint code DE 1607 Chevrolet Orange-Red. It's an exact match and gives a nice glossy finish just like the HH-65C's and HH-60J's in the Mobile hangar.

Cheers - Boyd
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02-03-2010 Over year old.
jutrast

Senior Heliman

Henniker, NH

Thanks guys - I appreciate the responses. How cool is it to get a response from someone that works with the aircraft in question every day...

So how many out there pain their models with rattle cans, vs. professionally painted? So far the best price I have from a body shop is $1k - way more than I planned on.

I'll take the fuse to a ride to the body shops once the tail is bonded on, but anyone have good things to say about the rattle can approach?

Thanks,
Toby

02-03-2010 Over year old.
Hoverup

Elite Veteran

Golden Gulf Coast - USA

As long as you have prepped the fuselage correctly (wash down with PrepSol and worked over thoroughly with tack rags)and have a proper environmental place to do the painting (warm enough, dust free, etc.)you can get a great finish with rattle cans. RTFI on the can and practice on scraps until you feel confident in your technique. I have done a number of models this way with great results.

Even if your have a color thatís not available in rattle cans, when you get the paint mixed the shop should have Preval sprayers that will allow you to spray the paint. Preval comes with a cartridge of propellant gas and a glass bottle for the paint. Put the two together and you are good to go.

http://www.prevalspraygun.com/

I'm sure I'm not alone in this approach.

Cheers - Boyd
AMA 80393
IRCHA 3355
LSF 853
Major USAF
Retired

02-06-2010 Over year old.
rjhpilot91

Senior Heliman

somers point, nj

This one was painted with rustoleum rattle cans and came out very well, I thought. I do however have access to professional paint booths since I work at a Coast Guard Air station, which have temperature control and excellent ventilation.

The key to a good finish is the prep work. Prime and fill pinholes until there are no imperfections and then take your time painting and you'll be happy with the results.

Helicopters don't fly, they beat the air into submission!

02-06-2010 Over year old.
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1275mini

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Wirral North West U.K.

nice looking model

02-06-2010 Over year old.
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rjhpilot91

Senior Heliman

somers point, nj

Thanks, looked much better in person though.

Helicopters don't fly, they beat the air into submission!

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Nelson J

Senior Heliman

Canada

I'll take the fuse to a ride to the body shops once the tail is bonded on, but anyone have good things to say about the rattle can approach?
A friend of mine did the prep work and primed his heli with rattle can , put some rivets, and painted it primarily white with a rattle can also, then I painted the colors and some letter.

After that he toke it to a body shop for a nice clear cote, wet sand it and one more cote of clear.
Skids are not bolted on,I think it looks ok .

Bit by Bit

02-06-2010 Over year old.
Hoverup

Elite Veteran

Golden Gulf Coast - USA

I think it looks ok
OK? It looks great. Nice work.

Cheers - Boyd
AMA 80393
IRCHA 3355
LSF 853
Major USAF
Retired

02-07-2010 Over year old.
Nelson J

Senior Heliman

Canada

Thank you.

Bit by Bit

02-07-2010 Over year old.
Copter Doctor

rrProfessor

Enterprise/ft.rucker ,al- home of army aviation

i like to use the rustoleum paints from the rattle can on my modles and recently i have been clearcoating them with the automotive clear instead of the rustoleum clear. the finish is nicer and smoother. i apply the auto clearcoat with the preval sprayer like Hoverup mentioned. it is good stuff and works very well.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

02-07-2010 Over year old.
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