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Old Feb 17, 2013, 06:14 PM
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Love your paint scheme simple but way cool to me! What kind of paint?
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 06:54 PM
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Love your paint scheme simple but way cool to me! What kind of paint?
Thanks! I have black on the underside of the wings as well with red tips. I used some stuff from Michaels called Design Master Colortool spray that is specifically designed for foam. I am having a hard time keeping it adhered to the bottom of the wing and may do something different next time but it worked ok.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 07:41 PM
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Great I have a Michael's here in Tallahassee. Is it in a spray can?

By the way while I was using the hot water trick to straighten a bend a twist in my new fuse. As was drying the fuse I noticed a blue fluid/film appear. Found out that is mold release and its on my wing too. Paint doesn't stick to mold releases very well so I guess I am lucky I had to use hot water on the plane.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 08:01 PM
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Well, did my first flight today and it went really well despite the 10-12 MPH gusty winds. Did a couple of hand launch power off glides and was satisfied with the trim and balance and then went for it with the power. Really love this plane! Had a couple of levitating landings that looked pretty cool but kept the pucker factor high.
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I had winds today....
Easy Glider with flaperon/spoilerons (4 min 13 sec)

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Nifty landing at 1:00
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Computed the speed at landing...
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 08:32 PM
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Thanks! I have black on the underside of the wings as well with red tips. I used some stuff from Michaels called Design Master Colortool spray that is specifically designed for foam. I am having a hard time keeping it adhered to the bottom of the wing and may do something different next time but it worked ok.
I have not found any paint that will adhere good. My favorite paint is Rustoleum Painter's Choice/ It does not attack the foam but on the bottom of the wings where gets scraped by grass and weeds on landing it scrapes off. I have started covering the bottom of the wing with light-weight (1/2 or 3/4 ounce) fiberglass cloth applied with Minwax Polycrylic water-based sealer. Painted applied to that adheres well, and it stiffens the foam.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 08:54 PM
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A video of my homemade Radian clear canopy.

Parkzone Radian's Homemade Clear Canopy (12 min 49 sec)
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 10:22 PM
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Sparky, that is a nifty landing! I was stationed at Edwards for a couple of years so can sympathize with your wind situation.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 10:23 PM
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Great I have a Michael's here in Tallahassee. Is it in a spray can?

By the way while I was using the hot water trick to straighten a bend a twist in my new fuse. As was drying the fuse I noticed a blue fluid/film appear. Found out that is mold release and its on my wing too. Paint doesn't stick to mold releases very well so I guess I am lucky I had to use hot water on the plane.
It is a rattle can. I bought black, red, and clearcoat. I tried the trick of washing the mold release off before painting. I think it helped a little.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 10:25 PM
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I have not found any paint that will adhere good. My favorite paint is Rustoleum Painter's Choice/ It does not attack the foam but on the bottom of the wings where gets scraped by grass and weeds on landing it scrapes off. I have started covering the bottom of the wing with light-weight (1/2 or 3/4 ounce) fiberglass cloth applied with Minwax Polycrylic water-based sealer. Painted applied to that adheres well, and it stiffens the foam.
Nice trick with the FG, kill two birds with one stone!
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 11:25 PM
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Sparky, that is a nifty landing! I was stationed at Edwards for a couple of years so can sympathize with your wind situation.
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I didn't get a good downwind set of images... but the wind may come up again....
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Did you realize at 1 min 53 secs both your ailerons are up? or did you briefly activate spoilerons? Had another look and I see you must have...
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 07:09 AM
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A video of my homemade Radian clear canopy.

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You video gave me Goosebumps. Very dangerous way to cut anything! These are on sale now at your local box store or Ebay. Variable speed table mount or free hand Dremal Moto Saw
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 09:32 AM
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I have not found any paint that will adhere good. My favorite paint is Rustoleum Painter's Choice/ It does not attack the foam but on the bottom of the wings where gets scraped by grass and weeds on landing it scrapes off. I have started covering the bottom of the wing with light-weight (1/2 or 3/4 ounce) fiberglass cloth applied with Minwax Polycrylic water-based sealer. Painted applied to that adheres well, and it stiffens the foam.
has any1 tried cleaning the surface with rubbing alcohol before painting?
i learned this trick from my son, who is into plastic models and advised me to do that.
i haven't tried it on the rad, but i may some day, so don't know how it could do on this kind of foam.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:43 AM
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has any1 tried cleaning the surface with rubbing alcohol before painting?
i learned this trick from my son, who is into plastic models and advised me to do that.
i haven't tried it on the rad, but i may some day, so don't know how it could do on this kind of foam.
Another topic beat to death here. Do a search. Plenty of info here and in the Finishing and Painting forum to answer these questions.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:02 PM
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Did you realize at 1 min 53 secs both your ailerons are up? or did you briefly activate spoilerons? Had another look and I see you must have...
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That is the idea for the test. To see which way the plane pitches with flaperons and spoilerons, and also to see how the turn is affected when one or the other is up when it should be down...
All previous tests with other airplanes with the spoilers at the thick point of the wing, top and bottom, or as inboard surfaces, show the plane pitches down with spoilers, and up with flaps.
This one with outboard ailerons rigged as flaperons doesn't do that. Hoping for a calmer day to get long flight sequences with the surfaces up or down.
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