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Old Feb 27, 2013, 10:35 PM
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New (well, old but new to me!) BVM FJ-3 Fury...

Looking on RCG one night I came across a BVM Fury, one of the old AFS kits but one that had been built very recently, with a new 12S VioFan, all JR 3421's, the spiked inlet (upgrade) and a scheme I am really fond of, orange and white. I talked to the guy selling it, he was only a few hours away, worked out a price and bought it right then, grea deal!

I went and picked it up the following weeked, I had seen pictures of it and they looked good, though I had some concerns about the glue joints. See when I glue something, I glue it to look like a factory joint, this comes from Rob Lynch who I watched build long before I was flying jets, it looks nicer and keeps the weight down, a win-win. The glue joints I could see in the pictures looked to be mixed with a stick and drizzled in-place, some making puddles of epoxy, not pleasing to my eye at all.

I figured I could grind the excess off and if necessary, paint the inside, no big deal and considering the condition and exterior finish, figured no big deal. So I worked on the glue for a few hours, getting rid of excess and smooting out the ridges, some thing just cou;dn't be fixed but in the end I was happy enough, you can only do so much. Then I made the mistake of touching up some of the exterior paint, with some extra paint the seller gave me and my airbrush. When I pulled off the mask, the paint came off in sheets!

I was Upset to say the least, the paint lifted off almost completely with just the mild force of the paint mask, clean as a whistle underneath! I ended up using an entire roll of tape and took off perhaps 80% of the nice scale paint, there was really no "fix it" option given how easy it came off, I felt this would just get worse if left and come off in the air once it started to peel. I am not a painter, a finish guy, I am a builder so I thought "well, this was a colosal waste of money!" and called a few fellow pilots to complain and get ideas.

At some point the next day I decided to get the rest of the paint off, scraping with fingernails to get a few stubborn spots, I was able to get all of it off, clean as new, IMO the finish wasn't prepped properly but given the builder was a painter, perhaps it was paint failure, no idea. I also decided to paint it and finish it myself, not having the cash for a custom paint job, I figured I'd start with the flat white solid color and see how it went, worste case give it to a painter at that point.

Over the next 2 days I just kept going, adding the orange nose, black deck, orange underside and then getting a set of BVM F-86/Fury scale graphics to get it back to the way it started. I talked to a friend who builds Top Gun jets and he gave me a quick lesson for panels over the phone, what the heck, how hard can it be?! So here I am, 3 days later with the fuse back to what it started with, better actually as my finish actually looks better IMO. The entire thing is clear coated and ready to be assembled, thought I'd share as I might actually be starting to LIKE scale jets and finishes!

These first pictures are from my phone, I never intended to post build photos so nothing fancy to start...

Jack
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Old Feb 27, 2013, 10:40 PM
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So once I got over my disapointment and anger, I decided to start with the all white, flat base paint, killing two birds with one stone by using a flat, white primer, which worked great!

Jack
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Old Feb 27, 2013, 10:43 PM
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The white went so well (from a can, how hard could it really have been?!) I thought, I can add the orange as well, I have the masking so what the heck, get the airbrush out and give it a shot!

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Old Feb 27, 2013, 10:48 PM
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The orange went so well and the black deck is such a simple shape, I decided to paint this as well. When I was @ Home Depot gettnig the flat white primer, I grabbed a few cans of flat black from the same manufacturer thinking it couldn't hurt. So I added the black deck and started thinking, the orange underside isn't so hard. Other than a sharp curve, it's really a simple pattern... So I got out the airbrush again and went back to the garage! So now the black is on and I decide to enhance the panel lines, this is nothing more than a pencil, tape and finger as it turns out...

Jack
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Old Feb 27, 2013, 11:20 PM
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Looking good!
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 12:18 AM
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Nice work, looks really good. Thanks for the No. 2 pencil trick, something new to try.
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 12:35 AM
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Looks fantastic Jack!
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 12:44 AM
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way to go Jack it is looking good ! i got to get my fury going again.
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 05:57 AM
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Thanks guys! Honestly, I think I've tapped into a new aspect of the hobby for me, scale finishing! I am a sport ARF guy but there was really something satisfying about controlling the finish and every little detail that I enjoyed...

Jack
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 06:19 AM
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WOW Jack,
What a great job, everything looks fantastic, how about doing some of those techniques on your Victory, that would be cool

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Old Feb 28, 2013, 07:18 AM
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Looks nice Jack more realistic than the factory arf too.
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 09:03 AM
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My favorite paint scheme on the F-86(FJ-3). I had a first hand look at those planes flying out of Pensacola training Marine and Navy pilots. There was at one time one of the FJ-3 Fury on display at the Naval Museum in Pensacola. Link to museum in Pensacola FYI:
http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/

You can do a virtual tour of the muesum
Good job on the paint Jack.
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 09:50 AM
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I like it!
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