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Reply #66 - Jul 18th, 2019 at 11:25am

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New Builder wrote on Jul 18th, 2019 at 10:06am:
[quote].Possible to share the label suggestion?Mike


Sure, from MKelly.

The idea is to paint stick-on labels the desired color and then cut strips for the desired width. The adhesive isn't very strong and allows repositioning. Once in position, then we use a small brush to apply a thinned glue to seal the edges.

Canopy glue works well. I saw this in one of MKelly's pictures and ordered it from Amazon ($6). It works great. Dries quick and completely clear. Water based so fixing mistakes is easy.

The label paper is thicker than tissue, some may want to use a thinner paper for this framing. Hasn't been an issue for me, even in Peanut scale.
 

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Reply #65 - Jul 18th, 2019 at 10:06am

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Quote:
The canopy framing is the label suggestion that you gave me

AK - Absolutely stunning. What a great job and the color is terrific. Great skill on parade.

Possible to share the label suggestion?
Mike
 

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Reply #64 - Jul 16th, 2019 at 12:21am

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alf, nice job and in record time.

Smiley

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Reply #63 - Jul 13th, 2019 at 3:27pm

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Thanks, Mike. The canopy framing is the label suggestion that you gave me. Works great!
 
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Reply #62 - Jul 13th, 2019 at 3:23pm

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That's a really pretty model AK - love it.

Mike
 
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Reply #61 - Jul 13th, 2019 at 10:19am

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Thanks, Neal!

Here's the XP-40 in its original form. Didn't last long like this, too much drag with the rear radiator. Wasn't long before the XP began to look like what we think of as the Flying Tiger Warhawk. Then it was off to the races!!
 

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Reply #60 - Jul 13th, 2019 at 9:21am

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I truly admire your dedication to and perfection of fillet installation, Alf.  Some models one can get away without the fillets...as far as appearance...and others, they're almost a necessity.  I think with a lot of us, when it comes to fillets, we turn tail and run...at least I do.  You on the other hand, have a real lock on the subject.  Smiley

Great work...your XP-40 looks terrific!

Neal
 
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Reply #59 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 7:05am

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bigrip74 wrote on Jul 9th, 2019 at 3:00am:
alf, how many passes did it take to cover?

Bob


Two with a third to touch up any areas that looked thin. The spray is pretty strong so the distance was a good 18" or more.

I think Tom's suggestion about painting over black is a good one. Had I done so, the effects of the first pass probably would have been more evident. If I do this again, I'll use a dark Esaki instead of the white that I used.

I think the Krylon aluminum was much easier to apply than the airbrushed acrylic that I used on the P-38. Better coverage using fewer applications.

One thing about the silver color...it shows every little imperfection in glaring detail!!
 
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Reply #58 - Jul 9th, 2019 at 3:00am

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alf, how many passes did it take to cover?

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Reply #57 - Jul 8th, 2019 at 8:59pm

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Decided to try a Krylon metallic paint. I'm happy with the result. Here's the Amazon link:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QC6618/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o01_s00?...

It's called 'Dull Aluminum' and seems to be halfway between a flat finish and something very shiny. Don't know if Krylon Crystal Clear will make it more shiny. I'll use an Aleen's matte overspray instead.

 

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Reply #56 - Jul 8th, 2019 at 3:28pm

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As a note, some years ago, a friends J3 got damaged. I covered a new rudder and elevator. Used a pencil on the elevator to mark where the stitches went. On the rudder I used a Sharpie, Don't ask why. Well the Sharpie bled thru the dope and showed thru the yellow dope. I was beside my self. An "Old Timer" gave a portion of Black dope in a can and said "Paint the whole thing with this and then the Yellow." Guess what, It worked. Learning curve!
 
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Reply #55 - Jul 8th, 2019 at 7:35am

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Sky9pilot wrote on Jul 7th, 2019 at 3:36pm:
I've found that if I'm going to spray silver on a model that using black tissue works best.  seems to make the silver stand out without using a heavy coat of paint. 
Tom


Makes sense. Good to know!!
 
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Reply #54 - Jul 7th, 2019 at 3:36pm

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I've found that if I'm going to spray silver on a model that using black tissue works best.  seems to make the silver stand out without using a heavy coat of paint. 
Tom
 

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Reply #53 - Jul 7th, 2019 at 12:11pm

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Very impressive, AK Smiley I'm envious of your skills.

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Reply #52 - Jul 7th, 2019 at 11:29am

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The finish looks very nice, but is there a weight issue?
 
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