Tips & Techniques Want to share a tip or special technique you have either in the workshop or at the flying field or race track? Post it right here!

How to make a 3D American Flag on your planes

Reply
Old 03-05-2003, 09:57 PM
  #1
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default How to make a 3D American Flag on your planes

This is my 4th flag I'v done, all have been done on profiles.....the types of covering in this series are:

White Ultracote for my base/back ground
Grey, transparent red and transparent blue monokote.

I applied the all monokote useing windex...I do use heat around some edges as you will see in these pics....Total time was maybe 6 hrs...I kinda rushed it. alot of these steps work best if you let them sit overnight.......here we go
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60583_7876.jpg
Views:	66
Size:	52.5 KB
ID:	37483  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 09:59 PM
  #2
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default drawing the grey stips

after you have your model covered white , its time to start laying down the gray monokote. These lines are just random, nothing has to be defined, I like for the 1st few to go from the LE to TE but they dont have to
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60584_7876.jpg
Views:	67
Size:	38.5 KB
ID:	37484  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:00 PM
  #3
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default more grey

heres one layed out on the wing
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60585_7876.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	44.1 KB
ID:	37485  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:02 PM
  #4
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default windex

apply a light coating of windex, and then lay your coveing in the windex and position it where you want
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60586_7876.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	52.4 KB
ID:	37486  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:03 PM
  #5
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default credit card

use an old credit card to squeegie the windex out from under the grey, and wipe up excess Windex with a paper towel
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60587_7876.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	41.6 KB
ID:	37487  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:05 PM
  #6
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default all the grey

Here what it looks like with all the grey(shadow) in place...hey this looks kinda neat by it self
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60588_7876.jpg
Views:	66
Size:	62.4 KB
ID:	37488  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:08 PM
  #7
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default transparent blue

now after you have the grey down, draw the outline of the blue box with the stars. I like to use water soluable flair felt tips for monokote jobs
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60590_7876.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	50.3 KB
ID:	37489  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:10 PM
  #8
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default transparent blue

now lay a peice bigger than the area you drew on the wing over the wing, you can look thru the covering and trace where your blue box will be on the wing.....I screwed up here and didnt cut a peice of monokote big enough so I had to use 2 peices of trans blue, but thats OK...I was running low on trans red too
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60592_7876.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	55.7 KB
ID:	37490  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:12 PM
  #9
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default extra blue

heres the peice of blue that I added,
make sure you cut it where it hangs over the LE and the tip
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60594_7876.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	68.6 KB
ID:	37491  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:13 PM
  #10
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default blue box

Heres the blue box temperarely layed down
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60595_7876.jpg
Views:	79
Size:	70.0 KB
ID:	37492  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:15 PM
  #11
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default stars

this is probably the most difficult process, drawing and cutting out the stars....these stars are not symetrical...there just draw on and I tried to keep them close to the same size...it doenst matter if some are biger or not perfect...remember the flag is suppose to look like its got some depth
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60598_7876.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	58.9 KB
ID:	37493  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:18 PM
  #12
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default applying the stars

after you cut out all the stars, apply Windex to the wing and lay your blue box down, again squeegie the windew out form underneath the blue, be careful some of the tips of the stars may catch the edge of the credit card. make sure you got plenty of blue covering hanging off the LE and wing tips
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60600_7876.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	55.5 KB
ID:	37494  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:21 PM
  #13
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default red stripes

now after that has set a while,(best results overnight), start at the bottom right hand corner of your blue box, and start drawing your red lines. I make my lines break in a different direction when they touch the grey
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60606_7876.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	50.0 KB
ID:	37495  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:23 PM
  #14
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default red

then again ike I did with the blue, take a peice of trans red and lay it over the lines you just drew on the wing and trace those lines to your red covering , then remove and cut it out
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60608_7876.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	53.3 KB
ID:	37496  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:24 PM
  #15
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default red strips

here it is layed in place and cut to fit
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60609_7876.jpg
Views:	59
Size:	49.2 KB
ID:	37497  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:26 PM
  #16
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default continue red

now just continue to draw the red line, remember to change the direction slightly when it touchs the gray
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60612_7876.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	47.3 KB
ID:	37498  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:28 PM
  #17
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default heat

since the ailerons and the gray had some time to sit...I pulled them off and heated the edges with the iron to seal them down
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60613_7876.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	32.1 KB
ID:	37499  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:31 PM
  #18
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default adding more strips

after I sealed the gray on the TE of the wing and the edges of the ailerons....i stuck the ailerons on again and stuck more red on with the same methods used earlier
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60614_7876.jpg
Views:	5
Size:	68.3 KB
ID:	37500  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:33 PM
  #19
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default red continued

I try to make my red stripes carry over on the other side of the fuse or ailerons so it looks like its the same stripe
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60616_7876.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	46.3 KB
ID:	37501  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:36 PM
  #20
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default red

Like I said I was running low on transparent red monokote so I had to peice some of this in, but a little red laying over alittle red makes a nice color change like the grey does to transparent red
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60617_7876.jpg
Views:	50
Size:	47.8 KB
ID:	37502  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:38 PM
  #21
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default heat around the edges

I use heat arond all hard surfaces like LE and TE
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60618_7876.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	72.6 KB
ID:	37503  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:42 PM
  #22
TERMAGATOR
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: MEMPHIS, TN
Posts: 2,776
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default almost complete

Heres the final
after I use heat around all hard edges I come back over the open wing areas with some monokote trim solvent applied with a Q-Tip. this seals down all edges that dont have heat


good luck....would love to see other peoples flags.....The 1st time you try this it may seem difficult. but if you take your time and be patient...it will not be as bad.....also i was luck to keep the red stripes outta the hinge line. sometimes it dont alway work out that easy......Gator
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	60619_7876.jpg
Views:	121
Size:	66.2 KB
ID:	37504  
TERMAGATOR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:53 PM
  #23
nascarfan88
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Valley Center, KS
Posts: 71
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default How to make a 3D American Flag on your planes

nice job termagator! I've got to give this a try on my next build. Wondering about wrinkles that appear - can they be heated and shrunk or how do you do it????
nascarfan88 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 10:56 PM
  #24
PaulSwany
 
PaulSwany's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Bartlett, TN
Posts: 4,810
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default How to make a 3D American Flag on your planes

Gator... That is soooo cool... I can't wait to do my Aeron with the flag... Maybe I'll do my next taco with the flag....
PaulSwany is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2003, 11:09 PM
  #25
nascarfan88
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Valley Center, KS
Posts: 71
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default How to make a 3D American Flag on your planes

Ditto - I've got a CG Extra 300 with a white wing so the base is already there just add the flag. The top of the wing is red/orange/yellow starburst. Already pretty flashy.
nascarfan88 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:43 AM.