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ssmith512

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IMHO, you can never go "overboard" on prep when the model will be painted black. Every little imperfection shows up in black.
Good point.

More sanding. Lots and lots of sanding!! Everything flatted out nicely. Think I am done with this step, so next step will be to put the final coat of primer on.







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02-05-2017 07:18 PM
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doorman

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Overboard...

Agree 100% with Barry...
The paint can only look as good whats under it.. your on your way to a great looking heli

Stan

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02-05-2017 08:08 PM
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ssmith512

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Well, it's been awhile. Got very busy at work, and went out of town this past week to take the wife on a much needed vacation, so have been away from The Lady for a while. Got a couple hours with The Lady yesterday and this morning and worked on getting the pitot tubes and refueling probe installed.

I show the construction of the pitot tubes and refueling probe earlier in this build thread. Here we are positioning them while the epoxy putty on the back side dries. These things are solid and shouldnt be easily damaged by normal "hanger rash" incidents.....





The filling, sanding, blending process........



And after the first coat of primer.......



I think it should be good enough for Government work, which is OK since Airwolf was a Government "black" project LOL!

On the next step.........

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02-26-2017 05:13 PM
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doorman

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SWEET!!

Detailing is looking great!!
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02-27-2017 01:13 PM
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Peter Wales

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Methinks thou keepest finding reasons not to paint this beauty.

Add a little more here and a little more there.

Panama City is fast approaching and we wanna see it all done and flying

Peter Wales
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02-27-2017 03:40 PM
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ssmith512

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Methinks thou keepest finding reasons not to paint this beauty.
I'll admit, I am intimidated by the thought of painting.

Steve

02-28-2017 01:09 AM
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Peter Wales

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C'mon, what could go wrong?

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02-28-2017 02:14 AM
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LOL

02-28-2017 11:54 AM
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ssmith512

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C'mon, what could go wrong?
Nothing? Everything? LOL!

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02-28-2017 01:26 PM
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doorman

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"Spooked"

Come on guys, now you have him afraid to spray a little paint!!!

Just to confirm a point or two, three, four...

Primer you are using is made by and for the paint that you are going to be shooting...

No brainer but you need a good respirator with good filters to breath through..

The best lighting you can get...

Area must be clean and dust free with good ventilation...

Drain the water from your compressor prior to starting paint each day and have a moisture separator on the compressor air line to the gun... note: the better the gun the better it will lay down your paint..

I am sure there are a few other things that could be added, but, this should keep you in the proper direction!!!!

Stan

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03-01-2017 05:41 PM
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hrc37

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Paint

Just use a few rattle cans and eliminate all that other crap

Mark

Ps. Oh, but thinking about it, you still need to clear it....never mind....go back to all the other crap!

03-01-2017 06:11 PM
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ssmith512

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Rattle cans!?!?! Pfft. I splurged and bought the premium "Professional Grade" paint brushes. I'm golden.

Steve

03-02-2017 01:41 AM
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Peter Wales

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No no no no! Ask any professional painter. You must use a foam disposable paint roller to get the professional orange peel finish

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03-02-2017 02:26 AM
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You guys are really showing how little you know about painting. Everyone knows that lambswool gives the best finish. Wow.

03-02-2017 11:49 AM
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hrc37

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Hey lets not forget about the old mop method.

03-02-2017 12:53 PM
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chopper37

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Anybody try hydro dipping there heli?

03-02-2017 01:03 PM
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cap231ex

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I'm fixing to try it as soon as the weather here in IN gets warmer.

I'm going to do my EC 145 in digital desert camo.

I've done mainly firearms to date but I think the fuselage will work out just fine.

It is a completely different process than painting , the only similarities between the two is the base coat you lay down for the hydro dip.

After that it is far different and takes completely different tools as well.

03-02-2017 06:08 PM
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chopper37

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Cap, EC 145 dipped that should be fun to watch maybe a video of you doing it, yea a little easier doing a firearm.

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