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04-30-2004 05:48 PM  13 years agoPost 1
DrDan

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I have just recently redone my 50 with vinyl and dye. The tail boom, boom supports and header tank bracket are all covered with vinyl. It took a good while to cut all of it, but I think it was worth it. Tell me what you all think. There are more pics in my gallery. I am very proud of it.

Dr. Dan

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04-30-2004 05:59 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Bell 430

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Looks GREAT!!!
I have one question, how does the vinyl hold up to fuel? I've been wanting to try this myself?

Brian Porter AMA 232513 My money flies better then I do

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04-30-2004 06:08 PM  13 years agoPost 3
DrDan

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It better hold up damn well!

It will hold up good only if you use automotive clearcoat. I have about 4 coats on the vinyl. Make sure you spray the vinly before you put it on the canopy. The clearcoat won't stick to the plastic, and it will come off very easy. I did this with the vinyl on the canopy, and had to pick the clearcoat off the plastic. It wasn't to hard to do, just aggrevating. You can spray all you want on the fins since it's a different plastic.

I also dyed the fins, the struts, the canopy clip, the boom rings, and the canopy grommets. I tried to dye the canopy yellow, but it only got a slight tint of yellow.

Dr. Dan

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04-30-2004 07:09 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Johnny Walker

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looks good I tryed to do some my self but gave up in the end, well done on a good job mate.

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04-30-2004 09:04 PM  13 years agoPost 5
TMoore

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Dr. D,

That vinyl goes great with all the "bling". Good show!

Terry

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04-30-2004 09:46 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Helifool

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Looks great!

Now how about some carbon vinyl.

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04-30-2004 09:56 PM  13 years agoPost 7
helifish

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GOOD JOB! You should have no trouble seeing that. Tom

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04-30-2004 10:24 PM  13 years agoPost 8
DrDan

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Yeah, I tried to make sure that I could distinguish between the orientation. I made it to where it would show red when right side up, and yellow when upside down, even though I am only doing minor high inverted hover stuff.

Dr. Dan

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05-01-2004 12:32 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Torkroll

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Zesty !

The contrasting boom and supports looks kool

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05-01-2004 12:51 AM  13 years agoPost 10
Salty

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smokin! Yep I been using vinal for quite some time tho not using the clearcoat method...good idier tho... the way I use it Is after a crash when my tail fina are broke I v the cracks then epoxy them back together and use them as feild spares...I put the vinal on to cover the plastic scars...works well (BTW I have been using my "broken spare fins for a little while now with no failures) ordered a new set today

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05-01-2004 01:22 AM  13 years agoPost 11
sabooo

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My .02.. nice heli, and some very nice china.

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05-01-2004 03:36 AM  13 years agoPost 12
LowFlyer

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Bling Bling Bling

Loooks goooood

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05-01-2004 03:53 AM  13 years agoPost 13
Raydee

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I just can't get over how well the skids came out with the Dye job. I have tried a few times to dye my skids and they never turn out!

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05-01-2004 04:02 AM  13 years agoPost 14
THX1138

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Sharp lookin rig man... good work.

Lou

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05-01-2004 04:13 AM  13 years agoPost 15
Ted Toth

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looks great
did you fly control line or pattern great details

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05-01-2004 06:46 AM  13 years agoPost 16
Bubzilla420

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Nice Job... she looks great!

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05-01-2004 02:59 PM  13 years agoPost 17
DrDan

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I have never flown control line. I have painted RC cars in the past though, but never vinyl.

Dr. Dan

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05-02-2004 01:33 AM  13 years agoPost 18
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I really like it.. What and where did you buy the vinyl? I used Monokote in covering my fins, but your dying idea is really good Doc. And I am mostly impressed by the patients that you put into trimming the colors. I have a lot of patients in covering and trimming airplanes, but has been having problems cutting vinyl with precision, to slap in my Heli ... I actually painted two canopies. If you posted this thread ahead of time, I would of done this same thing, rather than going to the pain of painting.

What kind of dye did you use?

Final note................... I love your raptor man

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05-02-2004 06:48 AM  13 years agoPost 19
DrDan

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Here is how I did the vinyl. I double taped off an area that I wanted to vinyl, for example, the yellow on top.. Took a pencil and outlined how I wanted the shape to look. I carefully removed the tape and stuck it to a piece of card stock paper. I then cut out the pattern I drew on the tape. Now I have a template that can be used on both sides and used virtually forever. Just turn it the opposite way, and you have a mirror image.


I took the template and traced around it on the back of the vinyl, which I got at a local sign shop. I then cut it out, clear coated it, rubbed it with some buffing compound, and put it on the heli. I did this with every piece that I did except for the boom and the header tank bracket. Oh, by the way, not all automotive clear coat is fuel proof. I tested what I used and it didn't work. I resprayed over my vinyl with MonoKote's Chrystal Clear LusterKote, and it works great. I left some 30% WildCat set on it for about 2 hours, and it resisted it great.


What you can also do is take the templates you made and trace around them on some paper, scan them and then take them to shop that cuts vinyl, like a sign shop. They then can cut you what ever color you want. Just make sure that you draw both sides so both will print.

I dye'd another canopy orange, and I am going to put the red, yellow, gold and reflective silver on it. I cant wait to see how it turns out.

Hope this helps someone out!

Dr. Dan

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05-03-2004 10:15 AM  13 years agoPost 20
rcheliace

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Dr. Dan

Hello, I like the canopy. If you have G2 and the add-ons-3 disc, check out my website. Look on the Schemes page 3/4 of the way down on the left. Hope you like it.

Rob
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