Perfect Decorative Trim on ARFs - WattFlyer RC Electric Flight Forums - Discuss radio control eflight

General Electric Discussions Talk about topics related to e-powered RC flying

Perfect Decorative Trim on ARFs

Old 09-26-2019, 09:42 PM
  #1  
Marc
Member
Thread Starter
 
Marc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: East Texas
Posts: 157
Default Perfect Decorative Trim on ARFs

How do ARF manufacturers so perfectly cut and apply large pieces of plastic covering for decorative trim on our models? They often wrap around compound surfaces, so I don't think they are done with decals or silk screening. Consider this picture of an E-flite Leader 480.

Click image for larger version

Name:	Leader 480.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	47.3 KB
ID:	187657
Marc is offline  
Old 09-27-2019, 02:40 AM
  #2  
Panther
Super Contributor
 
Panther's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South East Queensland, Australia
Posts: 1,508
Default

Some use printed pre-cut film. There are videos on youtube showing them doing it.
Panther is offline  
Old 09-27-2019, 02:56 AM
  #3  
Turbojoe
Mountain Models Minion
 
Turbojoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 1,247
Default

Here's just one of those videos:

This girl is amazing and she's using a freaking clothes iron!

Joe
Turbojoe is offline  
Old 09-27-2019, 10:42 AM
  #4  
solentlife
Super Contributor
 
solentlife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Ex UK Brit now in Latvia west coast - Ventspils
Posts: 12,370
Default

Some models - you can actually buy the replacement pre-printed coverings .... to recover when original gets tatty !
solentlife is offline  
Old 09-29-2019, 08:00 PM
  #5  
Wildflyer
Past President of PSSF
 
Wildflyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lacey WA, 1 mile E of Mushroom Corner
Posts: 2,056
Default

I have cut lettering and other trim things on a vinyl cutter and the used the transfer paper to hold everything in line as it went around a compound curve.
Wildflyer is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
dereckbc
General Electric Discussions
35
04-14-2017 04:43 AM
SunDevilPilot
Hi-Performance and Sailplanes
229
09-08-2016 01:06 AM
Jack_K
Beginners
46
07-07-2015 08:59 PM
thepiper92
Power Systems
55
12-23-2013 05:15 AM
solentlife
General RC E-Heli Talk
1
02-20-2013 01:40 PM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
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


Quick Reply: Perfect Decorative Trim on ARFs


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

Page generated in 0.08624 seconds with 13 queries