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Old 05-28-2013, 12:09 PM
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I haven't cover my rudder on this cub restoration yet. I seen a picture of a full scale cub with a checkerboard pattern on the rudder. I was thinking about doing that to be a little different. I never did a checkerboard. Is there a trick to it ?
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Default RE: checkerboard

The easiest trick is to get checkerboard covering. It comes as a stick on too. Most hobby shops have it or Tower has some.

Otherwise you can lay out your black (or whatever color) covering on a piece of glass (coat the glass lightly with windex and squeegie the liquid out) cut your squares with a new xacto blade and pick out the parts you don't want. Cover the section with the base color, in your case the rudder. Put Reynolds press'n seal (the one used to cover leftovers) over your pattern on the glass, squeegie out the airbubbles and carfully lift your checkerboard off the glass.
Again using windex on your base covering locate the checkerboard pattern where you want it. Squeegie again and carefully peel off the press'n seal. I usually let it sit overnight before pealing off the backing to let all the windex dry. You then take a qtip dipped in acetone around the edges to seal them up.
It's a bit of work but comes out nice if you are patient.

This method works for almost any graphic you want. You just print a picture of what you want and using a very light coat of spray contact cement locate your picture over the covering on glass and cut out what you want, pick out what you don't and proceed as described above to transfer it to your model.

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