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Old 07-30-2005, 09:14 AM
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Anyone got any comments on recovering an ARF in CHROME? Anyone done it? Is it visible enough? Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2005, 09:33 AM
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Had a friend that did one at the club.. It was a real bear to cover... Amplified every little flaw on the frame... After many hours he got it done and it looked pretty good.. Then he flew it.. It was a total disaster visually.. Almost impossible to keep track of.. The sky reflected off the surface and it would become invisable... He managed to get it down and it is still hanging in his garage...
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Old 07-30-2005, 08:02 PM
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Like Ironcross said: chrome is hard to work with unless you are really experienced at it. It reflects the heat from the iron and makes it hard to control. It is also hard to keep wrinkles out of if your not carefull. Then as said, they are really hard to see at certain times. I did a P51 in chrome a few years ago and I hated that plane to the day I got rid of it. It flew great but was just to hard to see. If you have some chrome, try putting some on some scrape material also try putting it over another covering and put another color over the chrome as an experiment. ENJOY !!! RED
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Old 07-30-2005, 11:35 PM
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Thanks guys ... shall ditch the idea!
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Old 07-31-2005, 11:41 AM
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Here is an after and before picture of my Ryan STA-M. I asked the same question on the forum before I started and got the same response. Everybody is right it's not easy............. BUT I"M STILL GLAD I DID IT. Other things to think about...... What else will you have to cover to complete the plane. For me it was all the fiberglass parts. The cowl, wheel pants and various other parts had to be done in flight metal becuase monokote doesn't stick to it. That stuff is an order of magnitude up in 'pain in the arse' factor.
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