Finalising the beast with some time to spare
Finally, I get to the decal stage of the project,
and to be honest the part I enjoy the most
Would love to paint pretty planes all day long…
if somebody else would just build the bleeding things.
First set of decals I did at work were off our stock standard high end printer.
Ran home, decalled an entire side of the fuselage and then went to put it in the shed…
and that when a rain drop hit it and the decals smeared in an “oh so not pleasant” sort of a way.
So back inside to take them all off and go to plan B…Find a professional printer
that has solvent based digital printer and get them done there.
In the end a nice thin film, hard as nails print and nice and easy to apply.
So watch that the prints you get done are in fact solvent based on the clear film
or you could have a bit ob a bleed on the go.
Decals being applied. Both sides of the plane are different in window placement
door placement etc, things that could quite easily trip you up
in the details stakes, so a lot of staring at pics took place
making sure that left was left and right…
The wing completed and decals applied to and bottom
with the odd air grid etc in place
The tail surface gets a lick of decals
again paying attention to the left right issue
and checking all the streepies line up
and onto the tip tanks.Carved out of foam, and then glassed,
I was very particular about their shape. Most of the models
I have seen make them round, and the plans called for that,
but the more I studies the real plane the more the tip tanks
took on a differing slightly gold fish sort of look and feel.
So after a bout a week of working the glass out the final
product looks pretty close to the real thing.
Getting a neat fit to the wing with epoxy/ micro balloons mix
Decals set in place and so to the screw that will keep them on long enough to fly
and the inside of the other one completed
Now time to sort out the CG and put the completed beast together