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Perfect Decorative Trim on ARFs

Old 09-26-2019, 08:42 PM
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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.

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Old 09-27-2019, 01:40 AM
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Some use printed pre-cut film. There are videos on youtube showing them doing it.
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Old 09-27-2019, 01:56 AM
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Here's just one of those videos:

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

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Some models - you can actually buy the replacement pre-printed coverings .... to recover when original gets tatty !
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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.
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