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Old 07-03-2015, 09:40 AM   #11
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That's a pretty early start to your building day. I have just switched over to latex paints for my finishes. After spending close to $40 on a variety of model paints trying to match up the color on my ME262, I decided to try the Behr latex paints from Home Depot. With their small tester size tubs on sale for $3 I thought what did I have to loose. I took in a hatch from the top of fuselage and a piece of plastic from the wing hold supports and the paint rep scanned them and matched the color perfectly. It sprays easily from my airbrush with about 20% water added. I also use their white primer which works great to fill foam and sands easy. Good luck with your build and keep us updated.

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Old 07-03-2015, 01:33 PM   #12
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Hi Marty,

I've been doing the same for a few years, quite handy when they can scan a part and match the paint perfectly and their tester bottles seem to last forever. I've always used the water base Flecto Diamond Coat to apply the fiberglass cloth though, but today, I'm using CIL Smart Latex Primer. Watered down of course so it will brush nicely.
I paint the part with the primer then lay on the cloth, the sash brush works great for brushing the cloth into place. Using 1.8 oz cloth instead of the .75 oz. the cloth has a fairly fine weave so the primer fills it nicely and after a single coat of white ceiling paint, it nearly disappears, no sanding either.
I have to get some micro filler from the hobby shop as that Dap stuff isn't very good for our purposes, bugger to feather sand the spackle as it just doesn't harden up.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:17 PM   #13
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As for the colour scheme, was thinking about the 2015 demo scheme but the graphics on the tail is hard to reproduce, so it looks like my original choice is going to be used.

I did order the 1/32 me scale decal sheet from Leading Edge and the crest on the vertical fin is large enough to enlarge and get the detail. The rest of the graphics are dirt easy to do.
FYI, Callie shoud have the tail photo on file. She did that scheme for me for the HET F-18, and I sent her a large hi res image.

Looking forward to your build. I've been looking for a larger F-18 project, and I quite like this one.
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Thanks for the info Greg, I'll keep it in mind.

After a few hours sanding the crappy filler, I noticed the intakes really do hang down and out of scale. So, did some measuring and with my razor saw, did a little surgery. Cut out a 3/4" wedge out of the profile and epoxied the bottom back on. Looks a bit better and will no longer be hanging in the grass on landings.
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Old 07-04-2015, 12:11 AM   #15
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Bottoms glued back on
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Side view looks a lot better now. Tomorrow will add some foam to the inside to beef up the joints
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Re: Hoaye F-18 build

Dropped in the 70 mm units, they fit really nice, no issues at all. There's really quite a bit of free space in the main body. Since there won't be any intake ducting, the ESC's will be mounted in the cool airstream. It would be nice if I could get the batteries in there as well but I suspect they will be in the rear portion of the forward fuselage.

Once I get the airframe assembled, i will determine the location of the CG and then set in the equipment to achieve this CG.
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This morning, sanded and applied the filler to the joints on the intakes. Yep, was worth the time to do the modification, the profile is more in tune to the scale shape. I'll strengthen the joints from the inside with some 4oz fiberglass cloth once I smooth out the interior.
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Profile view, just a little sanding to blend the contours on the bottom and sides, and it'll be good to go.
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Re: Hoaye F-18 build

After three evenings, still sanding that Dap filler so took a break from that and finished off the new canopy mould. Canopy turned out very nice, perfect fit on the plastic cockpit base and crystal clear. Big improvement over the stock one.

I only have this not so nice pilot bust, anyone know where I can get a 1/10th scale pilot bust.
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