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01-11-2011 05:08 AM  7 years agoPost 1
Wildbird22

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I'm painting a 450 size MD500D fuselage. I've roughed-up the fuselage to remove the shine, and got the first strip on. But now I'm not sure if I should spray a clear coat on before I do some more masking to protect what I've done. I want to add a gold strip just in front of the green, with a white space in between.

So my question is, do I hold off on the clear coat, and mask of the green and add the gold strip, then clear coat to whole thing, or clear coat the green then mask it off and add the second color?

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01-11-2011 06:20 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Mojave

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Lay the rest of the colors down, then clear coat the entire fuse. This helps to hide the paint edges and will keep the weight down.

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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01-11-2011 03:24 PM  7 years agoPost 3
fla heli boy

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+1 Be careful of the clear you use. Some clears (especially in most all rattle cans)will yellow anything painted white.
If this is E, I'd go automotive clear for sure. No yellowing.
Always put clear on last (after graphics, etc.).
Nice sharp smooth lines you've got there so far.

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01-11-2011 03:35 PM  7 years agoPost 4
JuanRodriguez

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+1 to what was said...

I'll add one more thing....

Spraying the 2 part urethane clears can be very hazardous to your health unless you use the proper ventilator...... Once you have all of your colors and decals down, take your project to your local collision shop and ask how much they would charge to spray a coat of clear on it for you..... they can do it in conjunction with finishing up one of their jobs and would probably charge you next to nothing !

Just a thought.....

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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01-11-2011 03:38 PM  7 years agoPost 5
BarracudaHockey

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Yup, thats exactly what they did for me, thought it was so cool they did it for free when they had a batch mixed up for a large job.

Andy
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01-11-2011 03:42 PM  7 years agoPost 6
Peter Wales

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I would disagree on one minor point.I always used to put my graphics on and then clear it, but my mentor, Joe Howard, said clear it first and then add the vinyl. Vinyl is very hard to get off so it wont peel by itself, you lose the clear coat edge where the vinyl is and if you do mess it up, you can peel it off and fit a nice new one.

Obviously, this only applies where you are making a model which does not use one of those antique up and down engines. If you are going electric or turbine, that's the way to do it.

Peter Wales
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01-12-2011 05:23 AM  7 years agoPost 7
Wildbird22

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Well here is the second strip. I'm finding out that the news paper I use leaves marks on the white portion on the fuselage....more cleaning!

Some time Thursday the paint should be dry enough to shoot a coat of clear.

I like the outcome....but man....this is work!

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01-12-2011 06:30 AM  7 years agoPost 8
Mojave

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Yeah, newsprint is always a no no on fresh paint. The evaporating solvents in the next coat of paint cause the print to bleed. Also, the prior layer of paint probably hasn't fully cured yet and is still soft and prone to pick up the ink. Any automotive paint supply shop will have masking paper. Paint scheme is looking good.

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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01-12-2011 01:42 PM  7 years agoPost 9
BarracudaHockey

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Nice job on the painting!

Are you using a detail gun or just rattle cans?

Andy
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01-13-2011 03:03 AM  7 years agoPost 10
Wildbird22

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This was all done with rattle can paint. I don't have an airbrush, and for the amount of painting that I do, an airbrush would rot on the shelf!

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01-13-2011 02:52 PM  7 years agoPost 11
JuanRodriguez

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For what it's worth....

I would never consider painting such a large model with an "air brush"....They just don't shoot enough volume to do a nice job..... minimally, a "touch up" paint gun such as this for large areas....

http://www.amazon.com/Tool-Force-HV...y/dp/B000EX0EYU

I've also had some great results using something like this as well:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...D0JMASM6BAMY2DG

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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01-13-2011 03:54 PM  7 years agoPost 12
fla heli boy

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what do you use for your air source Juan???

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01-13-2011 04:59 PM  7 years agoPost 13
JuanRodriguez

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I have an old Ajax 1 1/2 hp 10 gallon tank setup....

Plenty for a small touch up gun like the ones I linked above...

I'm sure a smaller compressor would also work just fine, specially with the HVLP type touch up gun....

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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01-14-2011 01:56 AM  7 years agoPost 14
Heli143

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It looks great.

Great job!!

Roy Mayoral

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01-14-2011 07:27 AM  7 years agoPost 15
Wildbird22

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Put the mechanics in tonight...thought I'd give a little test to make sure nothing changed. Rotor wash in a very small space plays havoc when trying to hover....the curtains flapping around don't help ether. A little tail heavy cause I didn't put the weight back in the nose after all the paint and clear coat dried.

Sorry about the poor lighting...it was around 10:30pm.

Watch at YouTube

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01-14-2011 08:21 PM  7 years agoPost 16
JuanRodriguez

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Nice job !

Paint work and clear turned out great !

Nice Job !

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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01-15-2011 08:18 PM  7 years agoPost 17
Wildbird22

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Well....I took the MD500 outside before the rain came to see how it handles. Still have a little vibration in the tail cause I can see the bottem portion of the tail fin vibrate, that I think is from the 500 size tail blades not yet balanced just right.....but I like it! First take off is a little tail heavy cause my other battery (3200mah) wasn't done on the charger, and its a little heavier and gives a better balance. But the second take off was better.......however the battery (2100mah) started to go, so I landed.

Watch at YouTube

Here are some pictures:

Maybe later on I might add some navigation lights!

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01-15-2011 09:16 PM  7 years agoPost 18
Mojave

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Looks great with the penta head on her! Nice job

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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01-15-2011 09:39 PM  7 years agoPost 19
AltecLansing

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Very nice looking!

Man, I miss the eighties.

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01-16-2011 01:16 AM  7 years agoPost 20
philthewrench

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Looks great with the penta head on her! Nice job
I agree. It really sets the whole thing off. I think you just inspired me to do something with my poor trex I never fly anymore.

Fil

... and now my impression of a lawn dart .......

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