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Old Jun 28, 2012, 12:13 PM
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David,
I'm going to cover the wing and stab with Monokote (White, True Red and Sapphire Blue). I will fiberglass the fuse and fin with .5oz glass cloth and Z-poxy finishing resin.
I just ordered matching paint from KlassKote. The color will be brushed on - a first for me since I'm no longer equipped to spray paint.

Paint scheme will be very similar to the box art except for the checkers on the wing. - Not a big fan of checkers.
Excellent! I've always liked MK saphire blue even though I've never used it. Good call to go ahead and paint the fuse/fin. I'm eager to see how the KK and MK mix turns out; especially brushed on. I assume KK has some fancy reducer to be used when applying paint with a brush.

What color do you plan to paint the canopy area? Saphire blue or metallic gray might work nicely. But I'm kind of biased as I like how the mix of metallic blue and metallic gray turned out on the Tipo I did last fall. Those colours are DupliColor lacquer. They went on very quickly with all 4 light mist coats shot within the hour (each). They also sanded quite easily afterward but unfortunately they have little to do with available MK colors.

Man, I wish I had a bucket of MK rolls like yours...

David
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Old Jun 28, 2012, 12:29 PM
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I take it back, I have brushed KK once before on a set of wheel pants.

My buddy Chris needed to fuel proof a weight box for the TF Corsair ARF. We mixed up some Royal Blue and painted the plywood box to fuel proof it. Well, I had mixed up too much paint so I was looking around my shop for things that needed to be painted. I had a set of wheel pants laying around and before I knew it we were painting them with acid brushes. Since we were more or less just messing around with the paint, I wasn't interested in creating a nice finish. I was shocked when I looked at them the next day. Other than a couple runs, the finish was outstanding!
KlassKote doesn't recommend reducing when brushing. Obviously I will use a nice brush when painting the SM, but I have high hopes for a respectable finish.

*After I wrote that statement about no reducer when brushing, I called KK to ask their advice. They do recommend a small amount of reducer to help level brush strokes. Since I'm sure it will be rather warm when I'm ready to paint, I'll be adding some reducer.
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Old Jun 28, 2012, 01:36 PM
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I take it back, I have brushed KK once before on a set of wheel pants.

My buddy Chris needed to fuel proof a weight box for the TF Corsair ARF. We mixed up some Royal Blue and painted the plywood box to fuel proof it. Well, I had mixed up too much paint so I was looking around my shop for things that needed to be painted. I had a set of wheel pants laying around and before I knew it we were painting them with acid brushes. Since we were more or less just messing around with the paint, I wasn't interested in creating a nice finish. I was shocked when I looked at them the next day. Other than a couple runs, the finish was outstanding!
KlassKote doesn't recommend reducing when brushing. Obviously I will use a nice brush when painting the SM, but I have high hopes for a respectable finish.

*After I wrote that statement about no reducer when brushing, I called KK to ask their advice. They do recommend a small amount of reducer to help level brush strokes. Since I'm sure it will be rather warm when I'm ready to paint, I'll be adding some reducer.
I was surprised too, considering we were literally slapping the paint on with the worst brushes possible, they ended up looking pretty good!
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Old Jun 28, 2012, 03:54 PM
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My Dad uses KK brushed on as a rule. He is a dope and silk guy from way back so the spray idea just isn't too interesting to him. He and his buddy lay on some nice finishes with a brush.
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Old Jun 30, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Jeff,

looks like Don got out the first SM20 deck pull from the mold. I suggested he send it to you asap so you can complete the build.

Interesting that the original appears to be made out of polyester resin. Or rather, curious that my original Arrow 40 deck is made with epoxy. I have an Aurora 45 that has its pan made with epoxy and a Wild 7 with a polyester chin so they must have gone back and forth with suppliers or perhaps it depended on the vintage/age of the kit.

Looking forward to seeing a finished wing!

David
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Old Jul 02, 2012, 08:36 AM
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Almost finished.

Made a lot of progress over the weekend. Temperatures were up over 100 so not a lot to do outside. The portable AC unit I bought was blowing just enough cool air at me to make it tolerable in my un-insulated garage.

The fuselage is 98% completed. I just need my canopy/deck/pipe cover so I can finish sanding the fuse and button up the mounting details.
The rear fuse filler blocks were sanded to shape without the fin and stab in the way. I will glue the fin in place before I glass the fuse.

The wing is completed. Nothing out of the ordinary construction wise. I added individual aileron servos mounted to a ply plate.
Wheel wells were made and mounted prior to adding the wing skin. The wing is 98% sanded and ready for covering.
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Old Jul 02, 2012, 09:36 AM
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Looks great Jeff! Yet another perfect little County Line flyer!
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Old Jul 02, 2012, 02:52 PM
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Thoughts on glassing the center section?
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Old Jul 02, 2012, 11:44 PM
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Jeff,

Where does one find the sweet rims and tread????

Brian
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Old Jul 02, 2012, 11:50 PM
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Singapore Hobbies. They only come in Red. I think they have 45,50,55and 60mm. They're VERY high quality wheels. They have foam tread with a thin rubber strip in the center to keep them from flat spotting. Kind of expensive though. Central Hobbies has the MK aluminum wheels. Big $$$
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Old Jul 03, 2012, 09:22 AM
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Thoughts on glassing the center section?
Nah, cover it and keep it light.
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Old Jul 08, 2012, 07:32 AM
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MK Skymaster 20: Electric Conversion

Hi, I was also making an electric version of SM20, and had a maiden flight today! It flies as good as the gas powered model. Specs are: Hyperion 3020-922Kv (or Scorpion 3020-890Kv), Castle 50A ice lite ESC, 10 x 7E, Hitec 65hb servos, 2200mAh x 4s. 40A, 580W max, E-flite 10-15 electric retracts, 1430g (3.1lb) ready to flight weight. Hope that the pictures can tell the story. Canopy area is yet to be painted. The last picture is my collection of MK kits :-)

Cheers, Vincent
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Old Jul 09, 2012, 06:15 AM
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Nice collection.

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Old Jul 12, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Vincent,

Very nice series of MK 20 birds you're building! Please do post more pictures and news on your Skymaster...!

Jeff,

Did you get your decks back? Looks like Vincent's is made of epoxy rather than polyester like yours.

David
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Old Jul 12, 2012, 12:58 PM
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Yes David, the decks came back from Don. They look perfect. I also received my paint from KlassKote and I have picked up some .5oz glass cloth. Now I just need to clear off some projects that have cluttered my bench while I was waiting parts.
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