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Old May 26, 2001, 07:13 PM
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Paint for Grumman Albatross?

Can anyone recommend what type of paint I should use on my albatross?
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Old May 26, 2001, 11:06 PM
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I used rc car paint on mine - the fiberglass fuselage got a coat of primer over the sanding at the join; 400 grit sanding, then one light coat of white to save weight.

On the wing tips, I used International orange
from a can; used 000 steel wool first to rough the surface ("gives it tooth," said my local paint guru)

Terry
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Old May 26, 2001, 11:59 PM
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Hi,
Enamel, like Formula U, is always safe.
Any of the laquers or dopes will destroy the foam in the wing or most other plastic parts.

When is doubt, try it on a scrap piece

I have use the spray paint sole to match the Ultracoat flim on plastic with good results

Dave
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Old May 27, 2001, 09:34 AM
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Hi Jedd,

I am using Rust-oleum spray primer and paints. I have fiberglassed the wing and tail. Be sure to prevent the contact with the bare foam.
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Old May 27, 2001, 10:29 AM
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I used white and true-red ultracote to cover the wings. I wasn't planning to paint the whole fuse, just the red and blue stripes, as well as the de-icing boots and nacelles.

Terry,
Did you use the stock plastic wingtips? I test fit them and wasn't very pleased with the way they fit!

Steve,
Which albatross are you building? Hobby-Lobby's? I think I remember reading somewhere that you were going with a glow kit?
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Old May 27, 2001, 01:54 PM
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Hi Jedd,


Yes, I am building the Hobby-Lobby kit. As for the wingtips I made mine out of balsa block. I did not like how the plastic wingtips fit either.
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Old May 27, 2001, 02:27 PM
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Steve,

Do you have any pics of your progress. I am curious about the glassed wings. The only mod I've made to the kit is flaps. How much weight did the glassing add? If you haven't ordered props already, check out the varioPROPS. I ordered mine from EAM. I was very impressed when I got them.

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Old May 28, 2001, 12:31 AM
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Jedd - Yes, I used the stock wing tips. I had no problem with them fitting.

The floats were another story - the top parts would not mate to the bottom parts without leaving a "lip" around the horizontal plane of the float, at the join area. Ugly. So - am waiting for some good soul to try to make some with expanding foam...and maybe send me two. Of course, if I don't have something in 3 weeks, I better start carving balsa, because come mid-July, I will be flying the Albatros in the seaplane meet on the back side of Mt. Hood (Oregon).

P.s. There are trophy and cash prizes for electrics at this event, through 3rd place: First = $100; 2nd = $75; 3rd = $50...plus the trophy and accompanying bragging rights for the next 12 months. =8-)

Terry AMA # H20FLY
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Old May 28, 2001, 09:57 AM
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Terry,

I haven't even messed with the floats yet. I've been so busy building the rest of the plane. I'll have the majority of the plane done this week, then start experimenting with the floats. I'll keep you posted with my progress.

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Old May 28, 2001, 11:19 AM
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Hi Jedd,

Yes, I can send you a picture soon. I just finished the last of the paint!!! As for the weight of the glass I do not have exact amount. However, Jim Ryan did a review on the HVP Catalina (MAN March 1998) which has approx. the same size wing, He said it added about 1.5 ounces of weight.

As for props, I just got some two bladed ones to start with but, the varioPROPS sound like they are very cool. I know the Terry has them also and likes them very much.

I think the floats are OK. I glued them with lip then sanded the lip down to a even (around the float) 1/16 of an inch. I think it looks OK
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Old May 30, 2001, 10:46 AM
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Steve,

Do you think the floats are pretty much water tight? How did you attach them to the wing?
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Old May 30, 2001, 10:53 PM
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Hi Jedd,

I emailed you some photos of my airplane and float setup.

The float strut and mount is made of aircraft plywood. As for the floats being water tight they are!!! I put them underwater and looked for air bubbles.

When I glued the floats together, I sanded the mating edge well then I used thick CA to glue them.
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