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time bandit 05-28-2014 11:18 AM

What color covering to use????
 
I located some solite at a LHS. They have several rolls of blue, silver and an antique or cream looking color. I didn't buy any of it yet. The guy can order other colors but he does so only after getting a large order together. I wanted to see the colors up close to see how they looked before I buy. I was actually wanting to use orange and blue but would have to order the orange. I have looked at a lot of build pictures by other people and haven't seen a blue and silver combination. Does anyone have pics of a plane with those colors?

CHELLIE 05-28-2014 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by time bandit (Post 949203)
I located some solite at a LHS. They have several rolls of blue, silver and an antique or cream looking color. I didn't buy any of it yet. The guy can order other colors but he does so only after getting a large order together. I wanted to see the colors up close to see how they looked before I buy. I was actually wanting to use orange and blue but would have to order the orange. I have looked at a lot of build pictures by other people and haven't seen a blue and silver combination. Does anyone have pics of a plane with those colors?

http://www.radicalrc.com/category/Co...Films--Tape-22

http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id=V946748


i dont think solite makes a orange covering or at least i cant find any on the web, they only show 13 colors



Hi, Here are some MFG pics of the film colors

http://www.radicalrc.com/shop/images/101711.JPG

carpetbagger 05-28-2014 12:13 PM

Although I'm all for supporting an LHS, tis time to fire up the computer and do some online shopping. My LHS has a pathetic selection of stuff for us scratch builders and I do a lot on online shopping. Fact is I have two orders headed my way this week.

Of course online color charts are not known for accuracy, but they're good enough. I'm fond of blue and yellow meself. Try an interesting experiment - tack color swatches to a board and stake it out in the yard, then wait for the sunlight to face. As light decreases colors shift to "gray scale" and many high color contrast combos will lose their effectiveness. i.e. red goes black so a red/black combo will look all black in crappy light.

solentlife 05-28-2014 12:51 PM

Something I do ... I open PAINT on the computer and then draw a rough outline of the plane ... save the bare outline.

Then I use that for adding colours and getting ideas for schemes. It's a simple program and keeps you in simple schemes.... so no hard designs to try and mimic.

Nigel

rreid7 05-28-2014 01:04 PM

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My Corsair fantasy racer is dark blue fuse and silver wings. Paint though, not Solite.

solentlife 05-28-2014 02:17 PM

Blue ... if it's light blue - then not a good colour to choose ... think of blue skies !

Silver ... mmmmmmmm I've had silver models and soon tired of the glint when sun reflects of when flying ...

Nigel

time bandit 05-28-2014 03:10 PM

The online charts help but I was hoping to find the colors I wanted in a store. Unless you're looking for monokote you're out of luck for the most part in my area. Good idea on the windows paint rec.

solentlife 05-28-2014 04:24 PM

So what's wrong with Monokote ?

I prefer Solarfilm but that's impossible where I live - so I use Hobby King cheaper film ... or buy local - 6hr round drive ! - which is a knock-off of Monokote.

Nigel

time bandit 05-28-2014 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by rreid7 (Post 949215)
My Corsair fantasy racer is dark blue fuse and silver wings. Paint though, not Solite.

That's a good looking plane. :)

thepiper92 05-28-2014 08:20 PM

I prefer ultracoat parklite, never had any luck with solite. There may be some transparency on lighter colors with parklite, but it is easier to apply

carpetbagger 05-28-2014 08:25 PM

I prefer Japanese Tissue (Esaki) and for larger planes silk which I dye an assortment of colors with easy to source at the local wally mart or food store RIT dye.

Silk rocks . . .

time bandit 05-28-2014 10:28 PM

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Originally Posted by solentlife (Post 949224)
So what's wrong with Monokote ?

I prefer Solarfilm but that's impossible where I live - so I use Hobby King cheaper film ... or buy local - 6hr round drive ! - which is a knock-off of Monokote.

Nigel

The instructions called for solite since it's lightweight and doesn't crush or warp from over shrinking like monokote would on this model. Monokote is what I used years ago and did a decent job with it.

David

Stevephoon 05-29-2014 01:56 AM

Hi timebandit!

My $0.02....

Transparent blue is kind of hard to see on a nice clear day. I used some on a Dandy Sport (RIP) wing and I finally added some solid white stripes... All of this was over open structure. It does look nice though... The Dandy was my very first build.

http://www.wattflyer.com/photopost/d...DandySport.jpg

Silver is a little transparent even though it's supposed to be opaque. I still like it, but expect to see through it some when covering open structure. See my P-51.

http://www.wattflyer.com/photopost/d...0738-small.jpg


There is a large thread on the EVA Sport over on RcGroups. Here's a link to all of the photos in that thread. There is a silver and red one and a trans blue one there as well. I'm not sure if the covering they are using is Solite. My photos are.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/thumb...llery&t=462380

More photos of my planes are in the Gallery here. (Although I have not added any for quite a while.) All planes are in Solite type covering except the Firestorm. It's SolarFilm.

http://www.wattflyer.com/photopost/s...00&ppuser=3429

Steve

ps... If going for Dark Blue and Silver, I think that would be really sharp!

Stevephoon 05-29-2014 02:18 AM

One more... A tantrum on the Mountain Models web site. One is in Silver and Blue.

http://www.mountainmodels.com/produc...roducts_id=218

Open the instruction manual. The best pict is in there.

Steve

time bandit 05-29-2014 10:52 AM

Thanks to everybody. I appreciate all the info. I've got some good ideas to run with now. I do like the color scheme on that Tantrum!! :tc:

CHELLIE 05-29-2014 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by time bandit (Post 949279)
Thanks to everybody. I appreciate all the info. I've got some good ideas to run with now. I do like the color scheme on that Tantrum!! :tc:

Hi :) Red and White is real easy to see way out there :ws: I use red and white Stripes on the bottom of the right wing to be able to see my plane and for Orientation of the Plane, but PINK and white is the best to use :Q :D ;-) LOL

thepiper92 05-29-2014 03:21 PM

Yellow stripes is what I use on the bottom of my planes. It also helps to use larger foam wheels, or wheel pants as you can often see the gear and know that your plane is not inverted.

time bandit 05-29-2014 11:40 PM

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Originally Posted by CHELLIE (Post 949283)
Hi :) Red and White is real easy to see way out there :ws: I use red and white Stripes on the bottom of the right wing to be able to see my plane and for Orientation of the Plane, but PINK and white is the best to use :Q :D ;-) LOL

I would cover it in pink just for Breast Cancer Awareness and wouldn't have a problem with it.

carpetbagger 05-30-2014 12:19 AM

I have one white/pink plane - a Q-Tee = perfect

DHC Beaver 05-30-2014 07:41 AM

Contrary to what one might think,light blue is actually very easy to see in the air.Same for yellow and white.Most other colours tend to turn black when in the air.
I always use some fluorescent green on the top of the wing,so i know which way is up:D.
If you're not wanting to use fluoro,you should aim for contrasting colours,especially on the wing.Stripes only work if they're wide,say 2"+.
Having said that,I have a model that's all silver,but since this is a slow flying scalish model,it doesn't matter so much.

thepiper92 05-30-2014 02:58 PM

Very good information to know. Personally I don't worry about the color, I cover the color I like. What is important is the stripes, or on my mini switch, the gear...although seeing gear depends on how well one sees and how big the plane is. For my builds I use yellow stripes (may not use any on the Hurricane though), on my little UMX SBach, the multiple small black and white stripes show up well

solentlife 05-30-2014 03:24 PM

My Parkjet 1 ... speed machine in RAF camo ... yes - you see it in the air ... but try find it in the rough after landing !!

Light blue ... mmmmmm well my Mig 3 has scale light blue undersides and as long as she is relatively close fine .. but let her get away and she can become a pain ... You can see her OK - it's aspect and orientation that suffers.

My Ultimate with it's factory scheme was great to look at on ground - but once in air and with grey winter skies ... I soon swapped her to sunburst stripes top and plain white under ... difference is total.

Best ? My Red Arrows T45 ... the red is just a dark colour in air - but that bold white Arrow underside shows up even at distance ... no wonder they had it on the real jobs ...

My 61 Glow powered bipe has plain yellow underside wings and red sunburst on yellow top ... that stands out lovely in the verticals !

Nigel

time bandit 06-01-2014 12:49 PM

I was watching one of my favorite shows last night, "Deadliest Catch" when It hit me (no it wasn't the baked beans from dinner). The 'ol Time Bandit "colors" may be flying high pretty soon. :D

Neilson Orlov 07-02-2014 08:16 AM

wow, u do covering for your plane yourself, that's amazing

Neilson Orlov 07-02-2014 08:21 AM

here sells very good covering films, check out if the colors meet your demands
http://www.hobbyease.com/covering-films-c272


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