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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #50 on: December 20, 2020, 03:32:58 PM »
Kevin, Id be curious to know what tools/techniques you used to cut the stab hinge slots.  Thanks.

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Bruce, I first taped the elevators to the stab and then marked the hinge locations. Then I took an Xacto knife with a #11 blade and slotted them. For cleaning them up I use a broken piece of what looks like an old coping saw blade. The one with the green tape is to coarse for slotting small hinge pockets. I also have the Dubro hinge slotting tool. The ones I use most are the forked one and the one with a small hook at the end. 2nd picture is tool used to sand in the hinge pocket. https://www.dubro.com/products/kwik-hinge-slotter I think Robert Whitley has a video on an even slicker method for doing hinges.                                Kevin.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #51 on: December 23, 2020, 12:54:14 AM »
I'm trying to get the graphics as close to the scale ones as possible. Or as much as my patients allow. The 18 takes 2 stencils. One for the white 18, and one for the black shadow. Need to paint 4 of them. Then outline the numbers with ink and add red to the center of the 8's.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #52 on: December 24, 2020, 10:35:43 AM »
Tsunami Logo. Sprayed the black then the white over the black. For something that small, it's just easier to do it that way.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #53 on: December 24, 2020, 02:47:43 PM »
Masked the 18 then sprayed the lower part of the wave a medium blue.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #54 on: December 24, 2020, 05:31:50 PM »
 So..... seems like the plane should be in red before all of this detail work?  ???
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #55 on: December 24, 2020, 07:57:15 PM »
Hi wwwarbird. The idea is to spray the red around
all the details. So the red is pretty much the last color. That helps  keep the weight of the finish down, otherwise you will have the red under all the graphics where you don't need it. It also would take more clear around the graphics to blend it in. Ultimately what you are after is one layer of color paint.                           Kevin.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #56 on: December 25, 2020, 12:10:16 AM »

 That looked to be the direction but wow, a LOT of extra work for a practically incalculable weight savings on a little 1/2A bugger. To each his own.  ;D
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #57 on: December 26, 2020, 03:04:32 AM »
Green part of the wave shot...

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #58 on: December 26, 2020, 03:10:16 AM »
Dark blue shot. Try to visualise what the mask for the dark blue looked like.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #59 on: December 26, 2020, 03:31:28 AM »
Masked the 18's then sprayed the light blue on the wing tips. The 18's should pop after outline them in black ink.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #60 on: December 26, 2020, 03:38:51 AM »
Candy apple blue then silver metal flake for the canopy. Some how my Candy purple went missing. That's what I would normally use.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #61 on: December 26, 2020, 12:31:42 PM »
Dark blue shot

I am guessing you are using masks for the wave??

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #62 on: December 26, 2020, 08:00:04 PM »
Hi George, yes, as much as possible, I am using masks. One of my goals was to get more familiar with my vinyl cutter. This is the inner mask I used to cover the lower part of the wave when I shot the green. And the parts I use to cover the 18's.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #63 on: December 26, 2020, 09:52:29 PM »
Black stripes done.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #64 on: December 26, 2020, 09:59:35 PM »
Also made a holding fixture for painting. 2x 1/8" steel rods copper wire wrapped and soldered with a 4-40 bolt soldered to one end and the other end sunk into a block of wood. The bolt holds the plane by the bellcrank hole and a small vice holds the block of wood. Also sprayed the 'Natural metal' exhaust panel silver.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #65 on: December 26, 2020, 10:07:08 PM »
Tsunami masked and ready for red.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #66 on: December 26, 2020, 10:11:10 PM »

 Looking really good but still seems like the long way around.  :)
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #67 on: December 27, 2020, 01:09:49 AM »
Red shot.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #68 on: December 27, 2020, 08:24:33 AM »
Tsunami unmasked.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #69 on: December 27, 2020, 08:42:20 AM »
I noticed little or no balled under the edges of the mask, and I expected some given the bit of wood grain showing. How did you manage that? Did you seal the mask edges before shooting the color?  Looks great!

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #70 on: December 27, 2020, 09:02:06 AM »
Bruce, I  kept the spray gun 7" away from the surface  on the first coat, or sprayed it relatively 'dry'. That pretty much eliminates any bleed through and the need for sealing the edges of the masking tape. The biggest factor is the type of tape you use: 3m Fine Line for all tape edges.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #71 on: December 27, 2020, 09:13:49 AM »
Warbird, even though this is just a half A, I try to subscribe to the "Half measures availed us Nothing" way of doing things.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #72 on: December 27, 2020, 10:32:52 AM »
The most time consuming thing in this build is converting photographs to stencils.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #73 on: December 27, 2020, 10:41:50 AM »
Most of the tsunami pics online are not high resolution photos and need to be sharpened in Window 3D Paint. There is also a free app that can be helpful here, even if you don't have a vinyl cutter. You could print off a copy of the size you want and use the rubber cement method to create a mask. Here's a picture of my 60 size Tsunami's logo turned into a stencil using this app: https://online.rapidresizer.com/photograph-to-pattern.php
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #74 on: December 27, 2020, 10:51:25 AM »
After much trial and error, I will just use this one:
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #75 on: December 27, 2020, 11:02:48 AM »
Stencil cut and applied

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #76 on: December 27, 2020, 02:00:02 PM »
Inboard Letters.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #77 on: December 27, 2020, 02:01:29 PM »
Same thing, except on the outboard.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #78 on: December 27, 2020, 02:03:10 PM »
Logo completed.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #79 on: December 27, 2020, 09:47:04 PM »
That is some high-precision masking.
I built a Blue Pants as a kid. Wish I still had it. Might even learn to fly it.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #80 on: December 28, 2020, 01:46:40 PM »
That is some high-precision masking.
Making a mask of this white foam won't be a picnic either 🧐

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #81 on: December 28, 2020, 06:49:41 PM »
Making a mask of this white foam won't be a picnic either 🧐

 I'd been wondering about the green on the tail, now I get it.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #82 on: December 28, 2020, 10:38:22 PM »
Making the "JRS" mask. 

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #83 on: December 28, 2020, 10:39:09 PM »

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #84 on: December 28, 2020, 10:40:46 PM »
I'd been wondering about the green on the tail, now I get it.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #85 on: December 28, 2020, 11:38:47 PM »
For warbird. Paint on paint. Ya, for something this small it can go over the red.  S?P 😁

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #86 on: December 29, 2020, 02:22:53 AM »
JRS sprayed.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #87 on: December 29, 2020, 10:49:16 AM »
"JRS ENTERPRISES, INC." applied with letra sets. It was a real thrill trying to hold the plane, letra set sheet and popsicle stick to do these letters so close to the 90 degree angle of wing & fuse😁

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #88 on: December 29, 2020, 05:12:10 PM »
Could not find any small 1/2a exhaust stacks, so I decided to just paint them on.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #89 on: December 29, 2020, 05:14:17 PM »
First exhaust stack mask cut and applied...then shot the black.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #90 on: December 30, 2020, 06:25:27 AM »
One of the coolest things on Tsunami and other race planes is the canopy!

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #91 on: December 30, 2020, 06:27:48 AM »
Here I used my vinyl cutter to make my ink template. The 'natural metal' frame will be painted silver.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #92 on: December 30, 2020, 07:17:53 AM »
Creating the METAL MASTERS logo. Scaled down for 1/2a, the letters needed to be 3mm or .118". Surprised the machine can cut this small. The issue is the center parts of the "R"s and "A"s. They don't like to comply. So decided to make them 5mm instead.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #93 on: December 30, 2020, 07:19:36 AM »
Metal Masters logo.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #94 on: December 30, 2020, 07:22:00 AM »
3mm or .118" is almost small enough to replace the 15 dollar letra set sheets. The center parts of the A's are so small you would have trouble placing them on the model, even too small for the tip of an Xacto blade to place them
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #95 on: December 30, 2020, 07:26:02 AM »
Mask #2 of the exhaust detail.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #96 on: December 30, 2020, 07:31:16 AM »
5mm "Metal Masters'' mask. A bit easier to work with. I find detailing small airplanes is alot harder to do than the the large ones. Also got the 2nd part of the exhaust stacks sprayed.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #97 on: December 30, 2020, 07:42:49 AM »
Cell phone is n one hand, airbrush in the other. 😆Actually what happend was my airbrush fell and pushed the needle through the tip. That's why it's not spraying right. I need better lighting.
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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #98 on: December 30, 2020, 07:50:40 AM »
Tsunami unmasked.

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Re: Lil Tsunami build
« Reply #99 on: December 30, 2020, 07:57:21 AM »
Alot a work😁 But that's ok.
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