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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #150 on: May 15, 2020, 01:25:08 AM »
1 hour masking. 3 minutes spraying. Really it's not about the painting. Anyone can do that. Masking is the hard part.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #151 on: May 16, 2020, 01:16:33 AM »
Front top and sides of fuse sprayed. . Green camo on top of stab.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #152 on: May 16, 2020, 10:54:41 AM »
Rocky. Gone but never forgotten. Not a day goes by I don't think of him.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #153 on: May 16, 2020, 11:28:35 AM »
Sprayed on the rest of the dark Green camo. And finally got to take the tape off the Canopy. 
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #154 on: May 16, 2020, 01:42:58 PM »
Main frame sealed with Sig Lite Coat.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #155 on: May 16, 2020, 01:58:16 PM »
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #156 on: May 17, 2020, 05:57:04 PM »
INK LINES: This was to be my first time inking up a plane. Aside from a few doo dad's on previous models. I wasn't looking forward to it. If not done correctly, they can ruin the entire look of the airplane! First thing I did was print off the scale markings of the correct size...
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #157 on: May 18, 2020, 08:55:04 AM »
I started with the bottom of the wing. Trying to fit  scale panel lines on a semi scale airplane, can be...for me anyway very frustrating. I did the entire out board wing and after talking with Joe Adamusko, I decided to put the plane together and weigh everything to the last bolt. Well it came out to 68 Ounces without clear coat. This is a huge problem. The plane was tail heavy. From here on out I had to keep everything from the CG back to an absolute minimum. So I wiped off all the panel lines. I would have to keep them to a minimum. And I'm kinda glad at the same time.😁 Adioise on all inklines on the bottom of the plane.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #158 on: May 18, 2020, 07:06:22 PM »
On with it. I started the ink on the nose. Anything in front of the CG, I could add weight and busy It up. It didn't matter, It's either paint or lead I would have to add to the nose to balance the plane correctly.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #159 on: May 18, 2020, 07:09:29 PM »
What does a Spitfire gas cap look like? Or, more importantly,  Was the real Spitfires  paint fuel proof? *Start fuel proof argument here. 👇😆
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #160 on: May 18, 2020, 09:06:01 PM »
The cap was just a round cap behind a round door.

The Rolls Royce Merlins had it on the inboard side of the canopy behind the line of the compressor intake. The US built Packard Merlins had it on the inboard side but in line with the compressor intake.

I suppose simply put a circle on the inboard side of the top of the nose just behind where the exhausts finish.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #161 on: May 19, 2020, 12:28:51 PM »
Thanks Craig.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #162 on: May 20, 2020, 11:40:01 AM »
Buffing up the filler vent.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #163 on: May 20, 2020, 11:43:52 AM »
Debured, radiused, silver soldered and polished uniflow vent. I will install it after the plane is buffed out.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #164 on: May 21, 2020, 01:04:35 AM »
Back to the CG problem. Checking to see how much work it would be to retro fit a larger engine into the Spitfire. With the original Ro Jett 65 I would have to add lead to the nose to get it to balance correctly. If the heavier  Ro Jett 67 Joe Adamusko swears by fits, I will be happy.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #165 on: May 21, 2020, 10:02:18 AM »
I should have used a lighter pilot. I pulled this one out of an Rc arf. It's some kind of silicone rubber, and it's heavy. Plus I had no good way of attaching it so I used silicone caulking. Too late to remove it now. The other mistake I made was during the building of the wing. Because I've never built an elliptical wing before, I had trouble visualizing from the two diamentional drawings how the tips were blended into the wing. So I used alot of sanding putty to blend it in, making it look how I thought it should be. Live and learn.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #166 on: May 21, 2020, 10:18:20 AM »
More ink work. I find the whole process unnerving. I kept redoing it over and over.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #167 on: May 21, 2020, 10:21:31 AM »
Doing the ink on the canopy was the worst fun I ever had.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #168 on: May 21, 2020, 10:24:09 AM »
But I do like the look of the white ink on the canopy😁

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #169 on: May 21, 2020, 06:17:13 PM »
Think the trick is to use the super fine 025 or 020 pens

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #170 on: May 21, 2020, 10:48:42 PM »
Wow. AL RABE doing his thing on his Mustang. Amazing craftmanship!
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #171 on: May 22, 2020, 07:03:49 AM »
Elevators done.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #172 on: May 22, 2020, 03:25:28 PM »
That is an awesome looking spitfire you have there. Very nice work.....gene

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #173 on: May 23, 2020, 12:39:00 AM »
New Ro Jett 67. I had Dub Jett shorten the header/muffler to about half the length of the stock one. Wow! That's one nice looking engine! It was Joe Adamusko who suggested the 67. He said ' It's the best engine he ever had'. The Retro fit was really easy too.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #174 on: May 23, 2020, 12:47:59 AM »
Good thing John Brodak took over Bru Line.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #175 on: May 23, 2020, 12:51:05 AM »
Might have to polish the header to a chrome like gleam.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #176 on: May 23, 2020, 06:24:11 AM »
Thankfully the needle valve location, bolt pattern, and prop hub distance on the 67 were the same as the 65.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #177 on: May 23, 2020, 06:34:54 AM »
The only paint touch up I made was around the cowl near the head of the engine. Just had to shave  off 1/8".

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #178 on: May 23, 2020, 09:06:15 AM »
So ya, might as well busy up the nose to make up for the lack of graphics aft of the CG. I cut these with my desk top sized vinyl cutter. It also came in handy for making templates for the ink work.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #179 on: May 23, 2020, 09:07:40 AM »
I used letra set for the "Powered By" and painted on the " Supercharged Rolls Royce Merlin V12"
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #180 on: May 23, 2020, 09:09:22 AM »
Templates cut for ink work on a desk top cutting machine. It's a Brother Scan N Cut2.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #181 on: May 23, 2020, 09:36:03 AM »
Rabe Rudder inked.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #182 on: May 23, 2020, 09:39:48 AM »
Judge's view...
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #183 on: May 23, 2020, 09:41:35 AM »
...Pilot's view. Just look at it. Had enuff yet?
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #184 on: May 24, 2020, 07:02:58 AM »
Spitfire Handle. I make my own Windy style handles for every plane I build. Keeping with the spitfire theme, here's mine in camo paint.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #185 on: May 24, 2020, 08:20:22 AM »
With the passing of John Brodak, I will dedicate it to him. We were all so blessed to have such a great man in our hobby! Thank you John!
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #186 on: May 24, 2020, 08:24:01 AM »
"Spitfire" Mask.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #187 on: May 24, 2020, 08:26:42 AM »
Fin flash.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #188 on: May 24, 2020, 08:32:20 AM »
Invasion stripes.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #189 on: May 24, 2020, 08:37:27 AM »
Dedication to John.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #190 on: May 24, 2020, 08:39:28 AM »
Driving it home.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #191 on: May 24, 2020, 08:42:45 AM »
Roundel / Shark tooth / Panel lines / Rivet detail. Ready for clear coat.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #192 on: May 24, 2020, 09:01:21 AM »
Top Coat: Usually I use grip tape on my handles after the clear has been buffed out, but I didn't want to cover up the graphics this time. I needed a bullet proof Top coat that would stand up to oil and fuel soaked hands. Fortunately I am friends with the most talented, knowlegable painter and fellow CSF (Controline Stunt Freak) on the planet, Larry Maltman. I told him what I needed and he gifted me with a 2 part water based clear top coat. According to Larry, "It's PPG ECO, the equivalent of the old solvent based clear. Expensive but extremely good stuff." Straight from the horse's mouth. This is the same clear topcoat he uses on his airplanes. The video doesn't really do it justice.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #193 on: May 24, 2020, 09:10:24 AM »
1 and 3/4" overhang. 4" line spacing. Fully adjustable.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #194 on: May 24, 2020, 09:18:47 AM »
Done. Look at the roundel. I can see why guys like 2 part clears. One shot and you're done.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #195 on: May 25, 2020, 07:48:11 AM »
 MUST WATCH!!
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #196 on: May 25, 2020, 08:09:16 AM »
Kevin,

This is the all time best Build I've seen since I've been in the Forum.

Congratulations!

Charles



Edit: Sense to since.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #197 on: May 25, 2020, 09:08:40 AM »
Thanks Charles. Thanks for allowing me to do it.

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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #198 on: May 25, 2020, 10:41:08 AM »
Doing up the handle for John was a nice break and an honor to do. But it's time to finish off the ink. Bringing the inklines off the fuse on to the wing: I wanted the wing to have a clean look, so I will end all panel lines at the 1st invasion stripe.
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Re: Time To Finish The Spitfire
« Reply #199 on: May 25, 2020, 10:43:41 AM »
Thanks Charles. Thanks for allowing me to do it.

Kevin,

It's my honor to have a skilled modeler with your ability doing a Build at CFC Graphics vendor's corner. Thank you.

Anyone who chooses to participate in Robert's Forum is always welcome to Post at CFC Graphics. A "sandbox" is a great place to play.

I've been a bit lazy lately and a bit unsettled because of my change to Electric. I'm still trying to get a handle on things so I can make proper decisions.

I have to tell you, as I look through your photos and added videos, you're efforts are uplifting and full of inspiration just to say the least. Makes me want to keep at it.

Thanks again.

Charles

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