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02-05-2017 07:18 PM  9 months agoPost 381
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.







Steve

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02-05-2017 08:08 PM  9 months agoPost 382
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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02-26-2017 05:13 PM  8 months agoPost 383
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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.........

Steve

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02-27-2017 01:13 PM  8 months agoPost 384
doorman

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SWEET!!

Detailing is looking great!!
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02-27-2017 03:40 PM  8 months agoPost 385
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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02-28-2017 01:09 AM  8 months agoPost 386
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

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02-28-2017 02:14 AM  8 months agoPost 387
Peter Wales

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C'mon, what could go wrong?

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02-28-2017 11:54 AM  8 months agoPost 388
Notar

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LOL

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02-28-2017 01:26 PM  8 months agoPost 389
ssmith512

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

Steve

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03-01-2017 05:41 PM  8 months agoPost 390
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!!!!

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03-01-2017 06:11 PM  8 months agoPost 391
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!

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03-02-2017 01:41 AM  8 months agoPost 392
ssmith512

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

Steve

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03-02-2017 02:26 AM  8 months agoPost 393
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

Peter Wales
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03-02-2017 11:49 AM  8 months agoPost 394
Notar

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You guys are really showing how little you know about painting. Everyone knows that lambswool gives the best finish. Wow.

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03-02-2017 12:53 PM  8 months agoPost 395
hrc37

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Hey lets not forget about the old mop method.

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03-02-2017 01:03 PM  8 months agoPost 396
chopper37

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Anybody try hydro dipping there heli?

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03-02-2017 06:08 PM  8 months agoPost 397
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.

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03-02-2017 06:15 PM  8 months agoPost 398
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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03-26-2017 12:46 AM  8 months agoPost 399
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Well it's been a while eh? Been super busy at work, then I cut my finger pretty badly which rendered my left hand basically useless, so between the two, have not had much time with the Lady as of late.

Here's what I've managed to get accomplished recently.........

Got all the loose pieces primed. They are done and ready for color coat.....

Tail boom and vertical stab are primed. They are ready for glue rivets and then color coat....




Dog house pieces are primed. They are finished and ready for color coat....








And primed the small detail parts. They are ready for some color as well. These parts will be the last pieces to be glued on after final clear coat on the fuse. These tiny pieces were painted by sticking them to a piece of tape. Take some wide masking tape, lay it down sticky side up. Place the pieces down on the tape and presto, you can paint them without them blowing away.



So far VERY happy with how the final coat of primer is going on. It is laying down very nicely and very smoothly. No runs, no junk in the primer, no fish eyes. I'd be happy with it if it were the final coat ready for clear. Getting lucky I guess. Hopefully color and clear turn out as nice when I get around to those steps.

Next step is spraying the final primer coat on the fuse. Still dang busy at work and it takes a whole day to set up the "paint booth", spray, and then clean up; so not sure when I might get the opportunity to get it sprayed. Not gonna rush it, will get to it when I have time. But man I am anxious to get it primed and then start on glue rivets! LOL!!

Steve

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03-26-2017 12:55 PM  8 months agoPost 400
cobieg

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Glue rivits, I've heard that is supposed to be some kind of therapy. Looking very good.

I didn't crash. I just ran out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time!

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