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Effect of weight of paint on Flyxone micro SE-5

Old 09-17-2015, 03:24 PM
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Default Effect of weight of paint on Flyxone micro SE-5

So I have accumulated enough spares to build a new SE-5 from parts. Since I am starting from parts my thought is to do some painting. I particularly like the US 1920's scheme of gloss OD fuselage and yellow wings. There are a few pictures of these. Also am tempted by the complex and colorful Irish Air Corps one or even the overall doped silver Aussie peacetime ones. I will be airbrushing.

My question is will painting degrade performance. I have seen Albatri and Dr-1s repainted on this forum; how did they do?

Also what is the best glue for assembly? I have been using fast set epoxy for repairs. As these parts are drying up this is my one shot at this and I would rather have a flyer than a looker. Please be free with your advice.

I hate that when the I phone mis-spells FLYZONE - cannot edit the title once it is cast in concrete.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:52 PM
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Dear Flyzone:

Due to ideosyncracies in cell phone and Wattflier software, Griff Murphey has spelled the name of your company "Flyxone." We regret to inform you that you must now rename your brand to this awesome name.

Thank you.
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Old 09-20-2015, 04:40 AM
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Since any weight will degrade performance, the short answer is yes, but will it degrade it enough to hurt the flying ability, that is hard to say. If you have to cover existing colors to do your scheme, you may have to be very careful.

Also the paint may affect the CG so you may need to consider that.

I wish I could give you a definite answer, but there too many variables.

If your paint will cover with a thin coat, you may not hurt things much, just don't put too much on.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:51 AM
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Guy I knew years ago who specialised in indoor flyers .... used INK and FIXER to colour his models. OK - the colour density is not there.... but its virtually weightless. The Fixer was the spray that is used to fix crayon / charcoal / print of pictures ...

His 'Gossamer' models used to float around the halls and were a beauty to behold.

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Old 09-20-2015, 09:54 PM
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Brushed-on artist acrylics are commonly overlooked for model use. Particularly for foam models. Water-thinned acrylic mixes brush on easily and weigh almost nothing. They dry quickly and clean up with water.

A scrubbing technique which works the paint into the surface thinly works best for large areas. Because these thin washes have so little pigment, two coats or more may be required. High-key colors work the best. Darks may require more coats. Water-thinned acrylics will usually result in a matte surface, so are excellent for weathered warbird finishes.

Masking tape can be used to create lines. You must seal the edges with un-thinned acrylic matte medium and let it dry thoroughly. After painting, pull the tape back over itself very close to the surface, not straight up.

Probably the biggest mistake you can make is to buy cheap paint. You will hate the results. Less money = less pigment. Go to an art store and buy a few tubes of quality paint like Golden or Liquitex. A few colors will last you for years. If you learn a few basic color rules, you can custom mix just about any color you like.

This Fun Cub received a very cursory job in less than an hour, with much of it done free-hand, with no masking. If you don't require close scrutiny, or an award-winning finish, acrylics can really do the job nicely.
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:28 AM
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"lso am tempted by the complex and colorful Irish Air Corps one or even the overall doped silver Aussie peacetime ones."

Can you please share a site or some pics of either of these? Would really like to see the Irish one.

I recovered a Great Planes SE5 with a South African paint scheme simply because I liked the silver and colorful rudder. Would love to see other interesting ones.
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