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03-20-2009 01:52 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Larry Legg

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The canopy graphic was created in Photoshop and printed at a company I work for. We do large vehicle wraps. I am in the process of testing the durability of the product (It has a protective lamination on it). The base canopy is the white plastic version that comes with the TREX600N sport. I had out professional installer apply the graphics. I am not sure about the difficulty of a novice (myself) applying the wraps. Just wanted to get some feedback. I think this might be a neat alternative to an airbrush canopy if the graphics hold up.

This is something I am not looking to sell—just though it was a neat idea.

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03-20-2009 01:57 PM  8 years agoPost 2
oakley

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That is awesome.It has to be easier than airbrushing.

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03-20-2009 02:04 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Frank Bostwick

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That looks great. Hope it holds up to Nitro and/or is easy and cheap to replace. What is the base material?

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03-20-2009 02:12 PM  8 years agoPost 4
BJames111

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I have heard that they can be quite difficult to install on compound curves, which a heli canopy has a lot of.

It does look sweet though!

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03-20-2009 02:34 PM  8 years agoPost 5
oakley

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I have heard that they can be quite difficult to install on compound curves
I have tried to paint a canopy and laying the tape down is also a pain,and that has to be done several different times during a paintjob like the one here.
......and it didnt look nearly as good as this one.

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03-20-2009 02:44 PM  8 years agoPost 6
AltecLansing

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That's a very good looking wrap. Let us know how it holds up.

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03-20-2009 03:07 PM  8 years agoPost 7
Larry Legg

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The base material is 3M 180C product. Our installer said his only difficulty was the canopy was so flexible that it was hard to apply pressure to get the secondary adhesive to work. This material has packets of adhesive that activate when burnished. The packets burst with hard pressure to release the adhesive. Thus, the material is easy to position or re-position until it is burnished in place. I am going to try to create a form (using expanding insulation foam) to place the canopy on the next time I try this. I hope this will give it some rigidity and make the application easier.

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03-20-2009 03:26 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Gyronut

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Very sharp looking.

Rick

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03-20-2009 04:02 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Wa11banger

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Larry it looks great, Now if it only proves to be nitro proof I think its an awesome alternative.. The only problem I see is this stuff probably needs to be professionally installed cuz a regular joe like me probably doesnt know how to do it right.. So where do we send them?

Rick

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03-20-2009 08:34 PM  8 years agoPost 10
smallplanes

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That looks very good,that just what i was going to do with my gasser canopy. Theres a few places here in town that does that kind of work i'm going to carry my canopy by there and see how much it will cost me.
Great work.

Thanks for the pics


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03-20-2009 09:56 PM  8 years agoPost 11
theflyingman2

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I work at a sign shop, and take care of all the wraps, and lettering.
It looks really good. I did a swift canopy out of several colors of vinyl a year or so ago. I would post pics but sold the heli, and don't have the pics anymore. I think that the material will hold up just fine inregards to the nitro. You may want to seal all edges with the sealer pen. Or clearcoat paint.

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03-20-2009 10:27 PM  8 years agoPost 12
mickeyapples

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England

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Been there, seen it, done that.
Here is some of my vinyl work

The vinyl holdes up very well. I do the artwork printing and fitting, They are hard to lay but the good thing is the material I use is very forgiving.
The hardest part is making the template for the artwork.

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03-20-2009 10:49 PM  8 years agoPost 13
FloridaHeli

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THAT is really cool stuff. A lot less labor than a good paint job. The more colors on a paint job the more labor involved. I'll bet it is a bit more resistant to damage than paint. My Predator Canopy blew off the work table at the field last week and landed on the nose. Now it has a 1" diameter hole in the paint where it flaked off.

Is anyone doing this in the US? I wonder if it will stick to a pop bottle canopy like a Raptor 50?

Neat stuff.

This hobby is WAY too expensive!!

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03-20-2009 10:53 PM  8 years agoPost 14
theflyingman2

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The swift canopy that I was talking about in my eariler post was made of the milk jug stuff. Is that what you mean by "pop bottle"

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03-20-2009 11:01 PM  8 years agoPost 15
30636086

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WOOOOOW

me like me like me like!!!!!! It looks like extra income for you!!
sign me up!

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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03-20-2009 11:03 PM  8 years agoPost 16
30636086

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I am in the process of testing the durability of the product (It has a protective lamination on it)
I volunteer to help you test it!

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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03-20-2009 11:09 PM  8 years agoPost 17
theflyingman2

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We use orajet, and sometimes avery materal, what do you use?

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03-20-2009 11:44 PM  8 years agoPost 18
Larry Legg

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Kansas City,​Missouri

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The material we use is 3M 180C.

I agree with mickeyapples. "The hardest part is making the template for the artwork." A good template saves the installer time and material waste.

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03-20-2009 11:52 PM  8 years agoPost 19
gftazz

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Very nice I would buy definately and so would a few people I know who have complained to me about the way the stock Align stickers stick to the white plastic sport canopy. I have a R50 canopy someone did with flourescent orange yellow and green and it's fantastic looking and I bought it used on RR. I think he said he used Cali Graphics.

This would be definately be way cheaper than the fiberglass canopies so less expensive and will hold up better in a crash too. Plus you could just about do any color/picture type scheme on it you could want huh.

Oh No Someone Please Stop Me Before I Go Broke With This Heli Thing!!

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03-21-2009 12:31 AM  8 years agoPost 20
FloridaHeli

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jacksonville,​florida

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theflyingman2

Yes, Milk jug. A lot more forgiving than fiberglass. If the wrap would stick to the milk jug canopy it would be a lot more durable. If the price is not too expensive I have a few r-50 milk jug canopies that I'd like to get wrapped.

Does anyone have an idea of the price to have the graphics printed? I mean are we talking under $50 or over $100?

This hobby is WAY too expensive!!

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