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06-05-2004 09:15 PM  13 years agoPost 1
RaptorPraetor

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Well I took home a 222 today.

It is the kit version and so the question I have is more of a poll. What, in each person's opinion, is the best paint for this application?

I can't wait to get over all the niceties at home with the wife so I can go into the workshop, with out guilt, and start working on it.

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06-05-2004 09:52 PM  13 years agoPost 2
SteveH

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IMHO the best paint these days is any automotive base coat/clear coat. It's expensive but it really produces a good finish and it lasts.

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06-06-2004 01:30 AM  13 years agoPost 3
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Thanks, Is there any surface prep you would recomend? Does the same go for the primer?

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06-06-2004 02:14 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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There are lots of exotic catalized primers available also, but I just use a surfacer/sealer after I have the part sanded with all the pin holes filled. The product that I use is a non sanding primer that is used more for paint adhesion than for filling. For filling pin holes and imperfections I use Evercoat Spot-Lite. It's a catylized glazing compound that goes on like cream but hardens like bondo and is easy to sand.

I think you will find the fiberglass products sold by Century, make by Funkey, to be some of the very best quality requiring minimal surface preparation.

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06-06-2004 03:52 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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500 E

During my last adventure with Heli's in 93 I had a Funkey 500E on SRT mechanics. I used automotive laquer based primer and base coat sprayed from a can. You can get nice results from a can if you take your time and watch what you are doing. Surface prep was minimal, Bondo glazing putty was used in light amounts on a few pin holes, came out nice, wish I had some pics to share. Good luck, the hardest part will probably be getting all the niceties in order and getting into the shop, that can be rough.

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06-06-2004 07:33 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Copter Doctor

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

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paint

i have had great results using the 21st century paints from the can. like Pa sez, good results can be achieved if yu take your time. these paints go on well and are fuelproof.




i built and painted all these 222's using the 21st century. finish is long lasting too. the automotive is the best way to go but can be pricey and i hate messing with an airbrush so i go rattlecans

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06-06-2004 09:30 PM  13 years agoPost 7
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Thouse are some nice bodies Doc. Another question is about finding images of full scale 222's. I am having a hard time doing so. Any suggestions?

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06-06-2004 09:58 PM  13 years agoPost 8
Copter Doctor

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full scale pics

go to
helispot.com and airliners.net
i am sure there are others, but those work great.

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06-07-2004 12:05 AM  13 years agoPost 9
jdowns

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Nice photos...

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06-07-2004 12:19 AM  13 years agoPost 10
hpais

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Another question is about finding images of full scale 222's. I am having a hard time doing so. Any suggestions?
The Bell Helicopter Textron website has several 222 Pictures.

Another source is you enter the google image page and enter Bell 222, the results I got when I wrote this page had over 1,330 images of Bell 222's with the most different paint schemes you can think of...

As for paint schemes, I have had good luck using Testor's paints that you can find at any scale model hobby shop. Then cover with testor clear coat enamel. It is airbrush applicable...

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06-07-2004 12:20 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Copter Doctor

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tank ya tank ya

i get carried away

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06-07-2004 12:23 AM  13 years agoPost 12
Copter Doctor

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other paints

i too have had good luck with the testor paints. lately i have been using the tamiya paints in the can and i love the way it sprays. i did my latest project with the tamiya and clearcoated it with 21st century clear.

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06-07-2004 12:37 AM  13 years agoPost 13
hpais

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Site on painting

You can find it here. The guy has a 222 that he painted. Very good info, regarding paintint.

Found it through google.

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06-07-2004 02:49 PM  13 years agoPost 14
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Well, I chose a paint scheme, actually my wife chose it. I couldn't find 222 pics at the bell site and most of google's were of models. The best is Airliners.net. I had jsut forgotten about it. ANd I like the Notroburner's techniques. I 'm going to start on it today...after work.

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06-08-2004 12:00 AM  13 years agoPost 15
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Doc
I noticed that you have scale gear on your 222's. Where did you get them?

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06-08-2004 12:05 AM  13 years agoPost 16
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Emile

He made those gear for the 222, if I am not mistaken. Look Great, don't they !

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06-08-2004 04:38 PM  13 years agoPost 17
Copter Doctor

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homemade gear

since no manufacturer is gonna do it, or hire me to do it i guess i gatta do it myself. i make the gear from a combo of brass and aluminum tubing. fully retractable, shock absorbing with the sequencing doors and looks pretty cool too. a pain in the butt to do now that the woodwork comes already glued in and seeing as it all has to come out but very rewarding in the end.

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