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03-16-2014 01:55 AM  6 years ago
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Vario 1/3.5 scale 300C revamp
Well Mojave's 300c project stimulated me to get off my tail and get started re-doing by 300. That and I am in between projects...so you know what they say about idle hands...

Finding documentation is a bit problematic even though the 300 is prolific. After cruising around the interweb I found the following. In fact it is a similar scheme to Mojave's project.

My 300C was originally built by Peter Wales and painted in a color scheme from a Helicopter School in Germany...

Peter color scheme always drew great comments and interest. Time to make the heli mine though. What I am planning is more that a repaint in that I am going to add missing elements, more exterior detail and a renovation of the cockpit.

This thread will follow the process through and I have already started. Tomorrow I will upload photos of the process.

Paul
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03-16-2014 02:25 AM  6 years ago
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cant wait
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03-16-2014 06:19 AM  6 years ago
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You know I'm subscribed to this thread!
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03-16-2014 01:20 PM  6 years ago
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Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. I am watching the thread. I'm sur eit will look and fly great. Keep up the good work Paul.. Jay
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03-17-2014 12:33 AM  6 years ago
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I got lucky that the graphics were on top of the clear coat. The easily removed with a little heat and an Exacto blade.

Before you know it the graphics were gone.

So then I removed any adhesive and scrubbed all the paint parts down with a fine red Scotchbrite pad.

It left just the brains, mechanics, etc...

From here we go to primer.

Stay tuned.

. Yep, that is an Apache in the background but that is a story for another day...!

Paul
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03-17-2014 03:51 AM  6 years ago
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Paul:

I like the paint scheme on both your's and Barry's 300's. I fly that in the Phoenix sim, greatly enlarged so I can see it on my laptop. Funny, the colour is similar to both yours, lol. Take care.

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03-17-2014 04:16 AM  6 years ago
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I'm sure glad you explained why it was painted the way it was, when I first seen it I thought someone was being funny and painted a clown-copter, I didn't know it was actually painted after some training schools fleet? Glad to see your going to repaint it.D. Lee.....t.Born again.t.....
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03-17-2014 03:38 PM  6 years ago
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Looking good! The story I heard regarding this paint scheme was that this training heli was built up with parts from many different helis and they never repainted anything. They basically left it whatever color it was from the donor copter.
Barry
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03-17-2014 05:16 PM  6 years ago
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I am sorry that the paint scheme on MY SCALE helicopter meets with so much disapproval. I will be sure to check in with all of you and ask permission to use any other paint scheme I choose before I actually buy the paint to paint future models.

Just for y'alls information (who's turning into an American now?) this is a well recognized color scheme in Germany and France and is not done by accident.

I found these helicopters with similar schemes after a quick search and I am sure there are more.

D-HOSE
D-HLFM
D-HEST
F-GYCB
F-GMSH
PH-RWX

I picked the one I liked and made a SCALE model of it, and everybody who saw it said they liked it too. Sorry you guys don't
Peter Wales
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03-17-2014 05:56 PM  6 years ago
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Peter:

I'm sorry that it sounded like no one liked the scheme that you had chosen for the S300. Quite the contrary, I liked it a lot and understand what the scheme is good at doing; making it stand out in the air and reminding future pilots what the navigation lights have to do with their relationship to direction in flying. The S300 is actually my favourite helicopter but I don't have room for more than I have now. I have not seen one helicopter from you that I would not want to own. Take care.

Don
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03-17-2014 07:05 PM  6 years ago
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I had no issue with this paint scheme... I just thought the story behind it was kinda cool.
Barry
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03-18-2014 02:23 AM  6 years ago
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Hey sorry, didn't mean to hurt anyones feelings, just being honest on what I thought when I first seen it and still don't like it but the story about it was interesting, you should have heard the remarks I got when I bought the Magnum PI Hughes 500D....

D. Lee.....t.Born again.t.....
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03-18-2014 06:30 PM  6 years ago
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Is that a bunch of pre painted fuses?Peter Wales
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03-18-2014 11:02 PM  6 years ago
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Gonna Be NICE!!!!!!!
No doubt in my mind that Paul will definetly make it his own,with his "MAD" building skills, and it will look GREAT in the new color scheme...
Watching the progress!!!

Stan
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03-19-2014 03:09 AM  6 years ago
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Just thought I would you show you my little 300, I would not recommend this paint job, its hard to see at times when making certain bank angles even with the tail painted the way it is..

D. Lee.....t.Born again.t.....
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03-19-2014 03:38 AM  6 years ago
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Thanks D. Yep, I pick color schemes by what I can see in the air. Red by itself goes dark quick!
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03-22-2014 10:56 PM  6 years ago
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Time for an update
Ok, I shipped the main parts over to Stan (Doorman) for primer. More on that in a bit. Peter made some fantastic parts with his 3d printer that you can't buy for the 300.

I modded some of those parts and got busy painting the bits that would not go under the (paint) gun.

The push roads got some paint and the head will need painting to fit my docs but will do that in a couple of days.

Stan got the heli in primer and shot the white base coat. While the new scheme is not complex it does require a lot of laying out lines and masking. We got it done and the results look good.

With the masking done...by the way...this is a huge helicopter...lots of tape. We laid the color down and Stan shot the clear.

Tomorrow I will reassemble the 300 and that will be the completion of phase 1. More details, more interiors work, graphics, etc.

Stay tuned. And a big thanks to Stan!
Paul
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03-23-2014 12:55 AM  6 years ago
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That's looking great Paul! You're making me want the big 300 very badly... Did Peter 3D print the side aprons too, or were they part of the original fuse kit?
Barry
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03-23-2014 02:05 AM  6 years ago
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Barry,
Yes, Peter did the side aprons. Without the work he did... I would have been up on creek and scratching those.
Paul
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03-24-2014 12:07 AM  6 years ago
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Paint work is done...some minor touch up remains. Got some of the graphics and started on reassembly. Much still to do.

Next comes the detail work

Will more updates in a couple of days.
Paul

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