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Old May 17, 2009, 11:36 PM
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paint or covering film?

Hi, this is my first time posting, so I am sorry if I put this in the wrong area. I bought a wooden airplane kit, but when I opened the box the fuselage and wings were covered in this covering film sort of stuff, but it looks allot less thicker then covering film. The color of the stuff is white see-through. So my question is, to get the plane to the right color do I paint it or do I use covering film
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Old May 17, 2009, 11:46 PM
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Welcome to RCGroups, pilot 09.
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Old May 18, 2009, 10:22 AM
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You can paint some film, but it isn't easy. Search the forums for something like 'painting film'. There are some really helpful threads out there.

It is very difficult to put film over film for large areas. Trapped air forms bubbles and it will look like it has the measles.

You can decorate the clear areas with trim material from the hobby shop. It comes in various colors and sizes. It looks like film but it is thicker and has an adhesive on the back covered with plastic film. You can cut it to many different shapes....stars, sunbursts, stripes, etc. Just draw your design on paper, tape it to a piece of trim, and cut it out with an exacto knife. It doesn't require any heat. Just peal the plastic off and stick it down. Once it touches the airplane covering it will really stick...no second chances to reposition. You should practice making some designs and sticking them down on something before you try the airplane. Decals are also an option to customize your plane.

Lastly, you could strip the film off the airplane and recover with colors of your choice. You would need some experienced help.

These are just some of my thoughts and opinions. Your very best move is to find an experienced modeller. Check out the local flying clubs and fields.
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Old May 18, 2009, 11:43 AM
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pilot 09,

Welcome to the forum.
You already got from F.Littleton the best advice anyone can give you.

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Old May 20, 2009, 07:33 PM
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Thank you, every one for the advice. I was going to post a picture, so it might be easier to know what I am trying to say, but sense I am new i don't know how to post a picture, could someone please tell me how I could post a picture.
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Old May 20, 2009, 07:40 PM
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Thank you, every one for the advice. I was going to post a picture, so it might be easier to know what I am trying to say, but sense I am new i don't know how to post a picture, could someone please tell me how I could post a picture.
After writing your text, scroll down and click "manage attachments", You will see a pop up window with a bunch of "browse", click one and select the picture you want to attach. Click
open" Now click "upload" the pics will show up and you can write captions in the space provided.

Finally click "changes" at bottom center and again click "submit reply"

Try it.

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Old May 22, 2009, 09:58 PM
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This is what I was trying to describe, so maybe this might help every one get what I was trying to say.
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Old May 22, 2009, 09:59 PM
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Thank you zor for the help
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Old May 22, 2009, 11:34 PM
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Thank you zor for the help
We are here to help people.

Looking forward to read you often.

All the best wishes 2 U de

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Old May 24, 2009, 08:12 PM
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Thats some interesting looking covering there. Curiously... what plane is it? That info just might help us identify it, and some possible solutions to many questions you might have.

If it's identified, chances are great someone that reads RCGroups will find it.... and likewise, if you do a search on your particular plane you'll probably find very useful info as well.

I'm not a fan of painting film myself.. it just never looks right to me.. but I have seen it successfully done on many planes... so that just may be an option for you. The other alternative is to strip it down and start over with some high-grade film covering such as Monokote, or Ultrakote... but as someone mentioned that definately has a learning curve to it, so experienced help would be needed to insure success(most likely anyways).

So.. bottom line... what kit/plane is it?
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Old May 26, 2009, 10:16 PM
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Its a kit. fokker Dr.1 triplane 1/5 scale made by smart pioneer.
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Old May 27, 2009, 01:58 PM
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Look at this link, click on the "out of the box" photo. Is this the covering? http://www.bealmear.com/dawn_patrol/fokker_dr1.htm
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Old May 27, 2009, 09:24 PM
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Yea, that is it
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Old May 30, 2009, 01:21 PM
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So it seems that a primer and paint would get the job done?
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Old May 30, 2009, 01:56 PM
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I've never heard of Smart Pioneer. Where are they located?
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