OK here are the tips you have asked for. There are three
things that make a light finish. IMO.
1.Time for dope to dry between
coats. No more than 2
2.The right amount and sequence.
3.Sanding IMO it is the most
First off you need a airframe that is ready to paint. What I
mean by that is you want to have all the fits and sanding
done before the dope goes on. The less filler you have to
use the lighter the finish. Choice of materials. I have
always used AERO Gloss but not being able to get it I have
switched to Sig. I know some of you will want to use Brodak
a Randolph derivative thats OK. What I'm getting at is find
a product and stick with it. Don't mix and match. Bill
Werwage uses Aero gloss base to bond to the wood better. I
have done this as well but I have quit doing it.
So sand the airframe with no less than 320 grit sandpaper
use a light to see the high spots. Once this is done coat
with only 3 coats of dope. I have been using CF over the
fuse and Stab. 3 more coats only. Sand with 400 between
coats. No more than 2 coats per day. The dope needs time to
gas off. What this is that it leaves the medium there and
the vehicle (Thinner) evaporates.
The Photo below is Thunderbolt ready to receive CF and
Second photo is shot of fuse in CF.
Third shot is canopy detail
There has been a lot of flap on
BOM. When I grew up there was no
question. SO I learned how to do it and everyone should too.
You can't believe how model airplane building will help you in
everyday life. Just the building of these planes may help you
in Laying that flooring tile for your wife or just hanging the
picture in the front room. Maybe if you like me you'll paint
you own bike or car. LEARN
and save yourself some money while getting that self
satisfaction of knowing you
Progress as of today 12-28-04 , As you see it here it's 51
oz in all flight trim with all the clear on it. All that's
left is color and trim and top coat clear. Should be able to
bring it in around 56-57 oz.
Here are the shots just before spraying. The rest of the
day will be spent detail sanding. Tomorrow 12-31 I will spray
it. Some call my methods pragmatic others call me prolific I
call it craftsmanship.
Take pride in what you do. My father told me when I was a
boy that I could do anything wanted to if I put my mind to
it. It's true and you can too. Just takes perseverance.