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01-18-2010 03:45 AM  8 years agoPost 1
KlonerrrNovice - San Diego - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I have been working on three RC Aerodyne MD500e fuses i'm modeling after G-JIVE. First i'll start off with a little history on this ship and myself. Back in 1990, i began my carreer with a well know custom painter here in San Diego area and he had been doing quite a bit of work on helicopters for a salesman at MD in Phoenix. Also along the way we had met up with several guys that liked picking up used aircraft from all over the world, they'd have us paint them and then the aircraft would be completely gone through then they were re-sold. We did hundreds of aircraft for these guys over a 10 year span. In 1998 we had picked up a job to an aircraft N822MC that was delivered to Gillespie field in a sea tainer from if i remember right Hawaii. We wheeled her out, began stripping her down to the bone then began working our way back out. What we wound up with was an amazing look that actualy began quite a craze. After completing a complete leather interior, she was tested, torn down and placed back into a sea tainer and was shipped off, but i never really kept up with her. this is how she left our shop.

A couple years later i was in the middle of painting an aircraft for LA city Fire.... was running late and rode a street bike. About 60' after leaving the hanger, i got plowed by a car. It has left me dissabled which knocked me out of crawling all over helicopters prepping and painting them. So since being dissabled i have picked up this habit... i mean hobby of R/C helicopters with the idea of re-creating several of the scale birds we painted to be modeled into r/c helicopters. With the funding i have to get this idea off the ground, wanted to do a few so that left me with only one real option and that is to start doing these in .50 / 600 size since it kinda seems to be popular yet affordable. I've flown r/c helicopters since the early 90's, but gave it up after a couple years just not being able to fund it to my expectations but times have changed, have gotten older. Bought a 450 in June of 09, next thing i know i've got 9 pod and boom helis. Well, i'm too old and slow to be any good at 3d and with my paint skills, have really been taking to this scale building and flying thing. Now all i've gotten done so far is i have painted all three fuses as G-Jive and am currently working on modding the mechanics for them, one is getting an e-conversion, another is getting a gasser conversion and the third will get nitro mechanics. Still gotta do interior work to all of them and still need full cockpits installed. I put one together to do some pics and vids of in the sky since i've got an old set of mechanics ready to bolt and fly. So here is my interpitation of what i believe to be the helicopter my partner and I painted that was later shipped overseas and if i'm not mistaken, was later numbered G-JIVE.

I wound up doing two different levels of paint on them as you see in the pics. One has graphics inside and out of the doors, door jams, etc. The others will be flat dark grey inside

Here is a video of the maiden

Will be back to update as the interiors get fitted and finished. Wait till you guys see what i have planned for a couple varios, MD600N & MD900N next

01-18-2010 04:14 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Copter Doctor


Enterprise/ft.rucker ,al- home of army aviation

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wow!! that was a great read and some awsome pictures! you certainly have the skills to paint! thanks for sharing and welcome back to the habbit!!

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

01-18-2010 03:28 PM  8 years agoPost 3


new york

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excellent job,love that scheme..keep us updated and thanks for sharing

01-18-2010 05:00 PM  8 years agoPost 4

rrElite Veteran

Golden Gulf Coast - USA

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Check your PM's helipainter.

Cheers - Boyd
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01-18-2010 08:35 PM  8 years agoPost 5


San Diego

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Thanks for the well wishes Hoverup! Glad to see there is more than just i that has gone through this mess and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for the Prayers!!!

01-20-2010 08:53 AM  8 years agoPost 6


Tauranga - New Zealand

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Very nice work! that paint scheme looks awsome.
Im nearly ready to paint a 407 fuse in almost an identical blue, silver and gold, but im not sure on what paint to use.
would you be mind recomending the type of paint to use?

01-20-2010 10:06 AM  8 years agoPost 7


Athens, Greece

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Very very nice job! Congrats!


Engine is the HEART of an r/c model, but THE PILOT is it's SOUL.

01-20-2010 10:43 AM  8 years agoPost 8


perth, australia

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Very nice paint! what an awesome job that must have been, painting full sized birds.

01-20-2010 12:20 PM  8 years agoPost 9

rrElite Veteran

Devon UK

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Very nice work! that paint scheme looks awsome.
This is a photo of the full size with Mick Pattison and his model,
Taken at the final Kevil meet
Peter R

01-21-2010 12:57 AM  8 years agoPost 10
KlonerrrNovice - San Diego - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Thanks guys. It was a cool job. One thing that came from it though is it is hard for me to get excited about much after working on such cool stuff. If it doesn't hover, i don't really care for it. My dad says i'm ruined

Arryn, I'd suggest you look into house of kolor basecoats and clears. They are available in small quantities and have some of the most impressive WOW factor as any paint i know of. They really pop in the sun

That is a cool shot peter, i've seen it around the forums quite a bit.

I've been studying my pics of the fuse we did with G-Jives over and over and several things stand out telling me this was another version of the same paint. The windshield is different, tail rotors are diffeent and the one i painted was a real e model, it has the surfboard on the dog house. Also see where we had done graphics on the skid covers and g-jive doesnt. The stripes are in identical spots. I have no idea, all i know is the first two pics i posted are the one we did.

Here is a 900 we did later

then it looks like it went back through and got changed over to blue, i didn't do that, was already gone.

This will be my next model tackled

11-27-2011 08:47 PM  6 years agoPost 11


Orlando, FL

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Beautiful work!! You started one of the best paint designs ever!

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