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Old 02-03-2016, 07:00 AM   #41
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Leeann amazes me with her patience. Not just with me, but her building as well. She covered the entire upper fuselage, including the fin ahead of the vertical stab, in one piece of 1/2 oz cloth. She also made sure the cloth was perfectly trimmed along the sides, where the panel line would be. If only I could convince her to glass all my stuff as well!
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Leeann really got going on the Cessna today, she finished all the glassing on the fuse, prepped all the servo covers/mounting plates for the ailerons and flaps. A thorough sanding on the wing, and first coat of while primer. A few pinholes to fill, another coat of primer, and the wing will be very close to being ready to paint!
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Re: Top Flite Cessna 182

Lookin nice. Is that a Texan wing in the background?
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:49 PM   #44
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It is, but it isn't! lol that's my Top Flite Hollywood Zero!
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:42 AM   #45
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Dave R : do like your brand of coffee though. All we ever buy. Lol
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Re: Top Flite Cessna 182

Looks like you've making good progress & I have some questions re how & why you're going the route you are re finish. This is my first modern kit, & first fully sheeted wing so I'm curious as to how you're finishing your wing. I'll be building another sheeted wing for a Lancaster soon so best to get some advice ahead of time. So you know I have 40 + years of auto bodywork & painting to lean on & a lot of equipment for spray painting but am open to all ideas. One idea I've been thinking about was to cover in Worldtex / Solortex & then seal that with something (to fill the weave) & paint. I don't like the heat shrink plastics but they can be convenient.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:09 AM   #47
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Re: Top Flite Cessna 182

With the glass cloth , I went with 1.5 oz glass on the aircraft . After put on I used full strength epoxy to fill the weave and about an old credit card to move that around to fill the weave. Scrape off all excess and move it into spots that needed the weave filled. Shinny spots are excess , so make sure that is scraped off and that is where the weight adds up quickly. After a day or so I primed and sanded most of the primer off. If all looks well do a light prime and then paint. Two part auto paint works well and is fuel proof but if electric any will work. Best way is to tape off the areas you want to do different colours to minimize
multipe layers of colour. The Cessna can easily handle the little extra weight of the 1.5 oz over the 3/4 oz cloth

Years ago I did a 1/4 scale Citabria using Solartex , primed , sanded to fill the weave and painted using Endura two part paints and that was very durable.
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One point, I'm not doing the model, my wonderful spouse Leeann is, she just leaves the build thread to me to look after! Why are we going glass? It's better suited to simulate aluminum skin than either monokote, or fabric. Right material for the right purpose. If covered surface is supposed to be fabric, then we use solartex, and paint, but don't want to fill the weave, as the fabric should be seen as such. It's also far less ding resistant than iron-on coverings, as well as adding strength. Done with 1/2 oz cloth, one coat of resin, and careful finishing, it's still very light. Body work experience will really aid in glassing, very similar techniques, with careful consideration of weight being the only real difference. I prefer glaze and spot putty over most other fillers. Key is to build carefully, avoid gaps, dents, etc, sand very thoroughly, and then glass, which really minimizes filler. On the Cessna, we started with grey primer, sanding between coats, using it to reveal any high or low spots. Little bit of touch up filler, a serious sanding, down to 320 grit, then the first coat of white primer. It really shows any little pinholes and imperfections. Last little bit of filling/sanding, then two coats of primer, sanding between coats, final sand will be wet-sanding with 400 then 600 grit. Then two light coats of Top flite Jet White, and we should be done! All the same priming painting techniques of auto work are pretty much the same, I'd imagine. You can also completely forego the balsa sheeting, and use thin sheets of fibreglass, sold for R/C airplanes, which really speeds up the process.
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Re: Top Flite Cessna 182

Good input Len, and forgot to mention, we often use latex paints, all my warbirds generally get Benjamin Moore Aura (exterior house paint!), FS matched to the applicable colours required. Once all the graphics, any weathering, soot, etc is done, then a light coat of Americana Satin clear (Michael's) which is fuel and nitro proof! Stinky as hell, but takes 10 minutes to dry, and lasts forever.
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Have heard of people using latex paints before but have never seen a model painted that way. Only done in flat or how does glossy work out ?
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