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02-09-2008 02:15 PM  10 years agoPost 1
CUJO

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When getting ready to put the lettering and details on the heli. Do you use something like vinyl letters, or stencil and paint everything on?

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02-09-2008 02:27 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Rodan

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Callie Graphics

HIGHLY recommended!

She's located in Albuquerque, and can make just about anything from a photo. Very reasonable prices and excellent customer service!

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02-09-2008 05:00 PM  10 years agoPost 3
Steff Giguere

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I would go with decals

Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team

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02-09-2008 05:15 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Super-Hornet

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I go for more simple method.... print it using normal inject/laserjet printer onto A4 paper. Cut it out and just glue it to the scale heli.

SH

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02-09-2008 09:40 PM  10 years agoPost 5
aerton

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The cheapest and simplest method I found was to use water-slide-on paper. Or how is it called. It's so thin and transparent that it really looks like paint or high quality vynil, yet vynil itself looks very amateur, because it's think.
With water slide on decals you should print it on high quality printer, cover 3 layers of clear cote spray, so it takes about 30 minutes and some smell tolerance skills.
and then just put it in the water, and put the thin film with the picture on the fuse/canopy.
It stays long enough, but eventually comes off or splits.
Dirt comes around the decal but not on the decal itself so after some time the decal looks better than the surrounding. And it should be redone after a while.

And it can be taken off easily, and changed to something else.
But I like it much better than anything because I can print my own name on the heli in any font, it's so flexible, you can do so many things with it. And it's expandable.

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02-09-2008 11:34 PM  10 years agoPost 6
CUJO

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I was debating doing something like that but can you not seal it in with clearcoat also to help preserve it a little?

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02-10-2008 02:10 AM  10 years agoPost 7
Rckfish

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Cujo,
Callie Graphics on both these birds of mine with clearcoat.
Rckfish

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02-10-2008 03:25 AM  10 years agoPost 8
CUJO

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San Angelo, TX

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This is what I was wanting to do with a Raptor 50

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02-10-2008 05:37 AM  10 years agoPost 9
Rodan

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Since it's a nitro ship, you'll need to clearcoat over the top anyway.

Here's a couple more examples of Callie's work:

Once cleared over, the vinyl really looks good. It's very thin, and lays over rivet and panel line details well. And I can't say enough good about her customer service!

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02-10-2008 01:43 PM  10 years agoPost 10
CUJO

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Well you've got me sold. Now I just have to get my wife sold on the idea. LOL.

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02-10-2008 01:47 PM  10 years agoPost 11
coptercptnrrElite Veteran - Mesa AZ. USA - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I Second Callie's work...It looks good, goes on easy, and is VERY affordable. Oh and did I mention she will get them to you quickly...?

Here's my last effort;

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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02-10-2008 11:20 PM  10 years agoPost 12
Christopher J

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Agreed concerning Callie Graphics. She does awsome work and for a more then fair price.

Christopher J
same as I ever was
"Still all set & Flying the original"

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02-10-2008 11:27 PM  10 years agoPost 13
GyroFreak

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Here is a link to ink jet water slide decals. I need to try these.

http://www.decalpaper.com/?gclid=CM...CFQTslgod0wMcCw

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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02-17-2008 08:57 PM  10 years agoPost 14
monkey nuts

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chester england

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ive painted these on by hand, maybe not the best, but they'll do me.

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02-17-2008 09:22 PM  10 years agoPost 15
HFr

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Lagrange ,in USA

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There is another online company that sells the inkjet water slides and also vinyl transfers that can be printed and then sealed on the inkjet too. I used them on my last model and they held up pretty good... down side was they faded a little .

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02-20-2008 07:36 PM  10 years agoPost 16
robcradd

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I have to say the service I received from Callie graphic was first class, the decals are great quality and I got them less than a week from ordering.

Rob

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