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Old 03-11-2017, 03:21 PM
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It is coming along. I am still base coating. I have to do the outer white section of the roundel 1 coat more on one side, and two coats on the other. I decided it would be easier to paint in the green and put the Donner Wetter , the C, and the tail numbers on afterwards.. But all in all I am crossing stuff off the list !




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Old 03-15-2017, 11:58 AM
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I decided to weather up the guns a bit, and paint side hatchs on the Camel hump today.




I also finally got the Donner Wetter banners painted on.. Maybe not perfect replicas from the real plane.. but it should look OK.



Also I think I put my footstep about an inch to far forward as the actual plane had the white strip centered on the step.. At least it was on some of my references pics. I am not sure I have ever seen a actual old B/W pic of this paint job
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:50 PM
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Themore you do, the better she looks !
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:18 AM
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You should have named this bird the Phoenix!
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:26 AM
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Well, I finally got my pilot painted and ready to clear, then mount in the cockpit. This pilot is one I sculpted from clay, made a mold off of,. Not the best maybe.. but good enough for me..and kind of enjoyable to see in my plane.







I also finally forced myself to cut a bunch of 1/64 ply to glue on the top wing as another layer of cap strips. This is to hide the fact that my top wing now has a sheeted in D box type leading edge.

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The pilot has a very realist look of terror on his face to me. ;-)
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Old 03-22-2017, 12:36 PM
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He probably saw the pictures of how hard his plane went in 2 years ago !!!
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Old 03-22-2017, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
The pilot has a very realist look of terror on his face to me. ;-)
Probably from breathing all that castor laden exhaust.
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:33 PM
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Hey Lance
An interesting resurrection for sure. I'm a fabric kind of guy and prefer the basic fabric covering to be the correct (or at least close) color so that the painting is kept to a minimum. Looks like you are learning your vacuum machine - pretty good so far.
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:37 AM
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Foodstick, you are to be commended for a very fine quality restoration. No doubt that you've made this plane better!
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Ok progress !
I finally sat down and forced myself to cover the top wing. Of course the second I had everything ready I found a missing piece of cap stripping on one rib,and had to do a quick patch and sand, ARGH...
However I was off and covering after that. I did the bottom of the wing one night, and the top the next morning.

Today after a trip to Moms to keep things caught up.. I got the thing primed with the ole Rustoleum grey .. I barely, and I mean BARELY had enough paint left in the can to get it done.. Oh and I also realized I forgot to glue partial rib cap strips on over the sheeting? Wow, I will fake that with paint later.. It never ends with thrills and chills on the building board I guess?

I did a bit better getting it on tight before shrinking this time..this stuff takes a bunch of heat to shrink..but as it turns from misty opaque to clear it tells you that its hot enough.




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Looks good from the pictures! I can't wait to see the paint going on.

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Old 03-28-2017, 12:19 PM
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The day after priming I brushed on a quick base coat with a sponge brush, took maybe ten minutes.




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Looks like it will need more than one coat to cover.
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No on the second coat, I always do it thin on the paint and streaky like that .. gives it a nice weathered look... I used to paint on perfect even coats of paint and then weather it back to looking old. Then I finally started using acrylics and just figured out I could make the base coats imperfections look like intentional weathering... Easier and lighter this way.

Its so funny because all the WW1 guys in my club were striving for perfect paint jobs years ago.. I have corrupted them all ! Now some of them seem to add more dirt to their planes every year. hahahahhah
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No on the second coat, I always do it thin on the paint and streaky like that .. gives it a nice weathered look..
Well done ! I like the effect.
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Originally Posted by foodstick View Post
No on the second coat, I always do it thin on the paint and streaky like that .. gives it a nice weathered look... I used to paint on perfect even coats of paint and then weather it back to looking old. Then I finally started using acrylics and just figured out I could make the base coats imperfections look like intentional weathering... Easier and lighter this way.

Its so funny because all the WW1 guys in my club were striving for perfect paint jobs years ago.. I have corrupted them all ! Now some of them seem to add more dirt to their planes every year. hahahahhah
It does make sense when was the last time a WWI airplane looked new? It only happened when it rolled out the factory or rolled into the museum after restoration.
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Started in on the top of the wing,unfortunately the roundels and the center section will need double coated. I actually don't mind painting the roundels EXCEPT the outer thin white ring. I will save that for after the green is added.





Slowly getting there....
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Looking good!
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Paint paint paint, I had to knuckle down down ... and force myself to paint those thin outer white rings. Its not that hard to do, but with older eyes and les steady hands its like pulling teeth ! hahahhhahahahahaha

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Excellent work!
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I can relate, the older I get the less steady the hands and the stiffer the fingers.
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:40 AM
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Simulating easy rib strips with paint...

First the tape over the rib locations , and a light coat of a middle darkness brown over the streaky base coat and roundel.



A slightly darker thin brown paint down the tape...



then the tape is removed, this shows the dark on light effect, but does not highlight the areas with dark paint.



and finally I run tape down the outside of the shading (forgot to take pic) so that I can use a thin white paint to make the rib stitching pop up between the outer shading.



I did not simulate the short half ribs on the bottom of the plane, I probably will on top. Also for added detail I can wait a day and use chalk to make short lines over the painted rib tape to simulate thred underneath the rib tape... Then clear it for the final step.
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:47 AM
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From a basically very flat but streaked base coat...




to this!




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I learned something today. Thanks for the mini tutorial !
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