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Old 06-27-2004, 09:05 PM
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I've finally finished recovering my Hobbico Trainer. My wife and I decided on a Red/Yellow scheme (USMC colors) and have added "U.S. Marines" in caligraphy type font on top of the wing. I'm really worried (mainly because I KNOW what is going to happen) that eventually the airflow over the wing will peel up the lettering. Is there any way to protect this? I'm so tempted to try shrink wrap (saran wrap) and laying it over the top and heatgunning it, but really doubt this will work. What do you guys do to protect your pin striping and prevent the airflow from lifting it (besides lapping toward the T.E.)?
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Old 06-27-2004, 10:16 PM
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You said you added USMC (Uncle Sam's Misguided Children?) to the wing, but you didn't say what medium you used to apply it...

Paint? Vinyl letters? Covering?
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Old 06-28-2004, 08:07 AM
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It's covering. We used leftover U.C.
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Usually, the covering won't come up. The only exceptions are sharp points (like the tip of a star) and even they won't come up if properly applied.

But if you want to be sure you can CA any sharp edges down, but it's a very tedious process.
Obviously you don't want CA all over the place, so what I do is to put a few drops of THIN CA a small container, dip a pin into the CA and apply the CA to the edges of the point with the pin. You don't need much!

PS, you only really need to do the edges facing the wind.

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