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05-03-2004 05:45 AM  13 years agoPost 1
Benjamin

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Redmond, WA, USA

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Well I am pleased. My canopy it turning out great.

Canopy: Caliber 30 stock bleach bottle canopy
Paint: Krylon Fusion

Firstly I got a couple of bleach bottles and milk jugs to practice my technique on. This step is mandatory in my opinion. Once I had got my technique down perfectly (the flashing is quite tricky to do right) I practiced on some off cuts from my real canopy. I am fully satisifed that the final result will be durable. I tested by hitting the paint with a screwdriver. No paint would chip off. When I hit it hard enough to remove paint, it was becuase it was taking the underlying piece of plastic with it that the paint is attached to. No peeling or any other signs off loss of adhesion were evident (other than an ugly scratch).

So here is what I have done so far with the REAL canopy ;-)

1. Scrubed canopy with detergent
2. Lightly sanded entire canopy with 300 grit paper (I couldent see how good a job I was doing with the sanding so I decided to paint it so I could see where I was sanding material off)
3. Rubbed down with denatured alchahol
4. Flashed canopy with a miniture blow torch
5. Sprayed very light coat of yellow over entire canopy and let it dry for a day.
6. Sanded canopy properly this time. I would recommend spraying the canopy first so you can see what you are sanding.
7. Sprayed canopy with first coat of paint.
8. Waited 45 minutes and gave second light coat.
9. Sanded canopy with 400 grit paper. Washed with detergent after sanding.
10. Sprayed canopy with another light coat. Let dry for an hour this time and gave a second light coat.

The canopy is looking fantastic. The color is deep and rich. I think I will probably need to give another three coats before it is exactly how I want. I will then give it a clear coat sand that and start on the enxt color.

I will upload some pictures to my gallery on Monday so you can see the progress.

Anyway here's hoping the finished result lasts ;-)

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05-05-2004 09:07 PM  13 years agoPost 2
CyberPilot

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Great write up.

Are you planning on a single color?

Any graphics?

Please include those details as well.

I'm considering painting my own and throwing in some graphics (decals or stickers) before the clear coat.

Thanks for sharing,

Dave

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I make kits from helis :-)

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05-06-2004 08:44 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Benjamin

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Sorry for the delay in putting the pictures up. Im having some digital cammera issues at the moment.

The canopy has now had another two coats of yellow. Each coat has been sanded with 600 grit wet paper and it looks stunning. The paint job is very reflective and has a wet lock.

The idea behind the paint scheme is to make the canopy look like a bumble-bee. Last night I started drawing the stripes and head for the bee using a dry erase marker. Im not sure how creative everyone else is but I found the dry erase to be critical. It allows you to see what it will look like and allows you to correct mistakes as you make them.

Hopefully I will have finished my template by tomorow night. The enxt step after this is then to start masking. I have chosen to use a liquid latex mask in combination to masking tape as I have a lot of complex shapes to mask and doing this with paper alone is going to be a nightmare. The downside of doing it this way is that its a bit more work upfront and also requires waiting longer between coats.

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05-11-2004 04:19 AM  13 years agoPost 4
Benjamin

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Well I finaly managed to upload some pics.

The pictures are in my gallery

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05-11-2004 05:13 AM  13 years agoPost 5
CyberPilot

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Cool!

Thanks for sharing.

~OCHC~
I make kits from helis :-)

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05-11-2004 07:26 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Benjamin

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I will continue to update the pics as the painting continues. Unfortunatly I need to let it cure for 48 hours before being able to continue :-(

I had a look in your gallery (http://runryder.com/helicopter/gallery/5167/) and noticed your rather interesting training gear. Tell me how do you find it compared to the conventional leg and wiffle ball aproach?

Thanks

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05-11-2004 08:28 PM  13 years agoPost 7
CyberPilot

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I never tried the wiffle ball gear. The hula hoop actually belonged to a friend of mine who was just finishing with it. It worked OK but I would get a vibration from time to time and would need to land. It did save my butt a couple of times when I was learning.

Dave

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I make kits from helis :-)

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05-12-2004 12:35 AM  13 years agoPost 8
Benjamin

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Hmm so you wouldent recommend the hula hoop rig then?

OK, lets see if this displays OK :-)

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05-12-2004 11:39 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Benjamin

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Thanks.

So you didnt experience any vibration issues with the hula then?

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05-14-2004 09:02 PM  13 years agoPost 10
Benjamin

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Very cool!
What size hula should you have. Ie does this prevent you from doing a tail slam?

Thanks for the great pics in your gallery!

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05-17-2004 04:42 PM  13 years agoPost 11
Benjamin

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Awesome. Well I shall have to give this a try then!

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