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02-08-2006 06:45 AM  12 years agoPost 1
spork

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I picked up a set of the Align Pro blades today. Sounds like people like them pretty well. Unfortunately, I really don't like the grey and yellow color scheme. I'm thinking of painting them white. I'm planning to get an airbrush to do the job (never used one before).

Has anyone done this? What kind of paint would you use? I'm thinking this might also be a good way to balance them.

Thanks for any tips.

RC

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02-08-2006 05:11 PM  12 years agoPost 2
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I purchased a Paasche VL airbrush a couple of months ago and have been painting everything from my canopy, to my rotor blades, to foamy aircraft with it.

I've been using paint made by FastKolor, which is safe to use on Lexan plastic. I thin it with water so that I can put on very light coats. I just mist it on one coat at a time until I get the coverage I need.

I painted the tops of my rotor blades international orange with a couple of black stripes. It really helps with the visibility. The paint seems to adhere well. I have to scrape it pretty hard to get it to come off.

I checked the balance after I painted them and it didn't change.

Hope this helps...

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02-08-2006 06:27 PM  12 years agoPost 3
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Hope this helps...
Sure does. Thanks. I ordered an airbrush today. I'm glad to hear you can thin the paint with water. I assume that means you can clean the equipment with water as well?

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02-08-2006 06:35 PM  12 years agoPost 4
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If you don't let it dry, warm/hot water takes it right off. I used denatured alcohol to clean the small parts of the airbrush when it needs it. Several people recommended the Paasche airbrush. All of the local hobby and craft stores I scoped out carried it as well, so I figured it must be a good manufacturer. I bought a few spare bottles as well. I practiced using plain paper and food coloring mixed with water. It takes a little practice to get consistent with it.

I painted my original yellow T-Rex canopy international orange on the left half, and florescent yellow on the right half. I then painted a half inch black stripe right down the middle. It isn't real pretty, but considering the abuse the canopy can take, I wasn't real critical of it either!

Once I get more proficient with the air brush, I'll buy another canopy and get creative with it...

Here's an EPP foam plane I airbrushed:

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