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Aug 03, 2009, 02:44 AM
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Last Sunday we started to paint The Red bull air race paint scheme but unfortunately i hadn't my Nikon with me.

The pearl grey and Dark blue are done and i started to paint a flamming effect (my first attempt) on the nose.

I Hope to be able to post some pictures soon.

I return to my computer to draw a Red bull decal set

Have a nice day


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Aug 08, 2009, 04:00 PM
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Red Bull Air Race Paint Scheme

Hello friends,

I am happy to present you the first photos of our Funtana's 'Red Bull Air Race style' paint scheme.

Do you like it ?

This is only a "work in progress" : All colours used are water based.
The bottom of the airplane have been coated with a glossy pearl grey that makes the bird "shine" a lot when the sun light it ( i think this paint can be used to emulate an aluminium polished warbird !)

I still have to print a pair of big Red Bulls and to stick them on the wing's bottom.

When all the stickers will be on the plane, we will spray a coat of gloss water based varnish.


Last edited by Dreamcatcher; Aug 08, 2009 at 04:07 PM.
Aug 08, 2009, 04:01 PM
Cool before it was cool
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Looks Great!
Aug 08, 2009, 05:27 PM
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That looks really nice. I have started cutting my own Funtana. Have alot of other projects going as well so progress will be slow, but it's started at least. Will post pictures when there is more to show for.
Aug 08, 2009, 09:29 PM
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Oh! she look so nice. too nce to fly even! I would hang and look at it for a while... great job.

Aug 09, 2009, 01:57 AM
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Beautiful Job, Pascal.

Looks like she's ready for some pylons .

Aug 10, 2009, 06:24 AM
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Build started

I managed to get some build time yesterday. I adapted the plans for only using 6mm depron as build material. I have cut all the parts on my Phlatprinter and started assembly. The bottom of the fuselage is only taped on.
Aug 10, 2009, 11:28 AM
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Hi !

Thank you all for all your nice comments.
It is very gratifying for me to see that my work interests other persons.

Kalleman, i am very happy that you began to build my Funtana and very impatient to see all the modifications that you will brought to her, it's already very instructive

Can you speak us a bit more about this Phlatprinter please ?
I didn't know this device. Is It a kind of CNC 3D milling machine ?
How does it works ?

The built look good and the paint job seems to be started too

Keep on the good job and thanks for sharing with us

Aug 10, 2009, 03:30 PM
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Good that you like it Pascal! I will try to make your nice design honour. I have to confess though that the "paint job" is actually only colored packing tape. I use it to be able to bend the depron without snapping

The phlatprinter is a CNC machine specially designed to cut foam that is up to about 12mm thick (I use it only for 3mm and 6mm depron). I draw the plane I want to cut in Google SketchUp, lay out the pieces to fit the foam sheet and generate G-code (CNC machine code). Then load the G-code in the CNC program and hit print. After about 20 minutes (time is depending on the complexity and number of cuts being made) the parts for the Funtana was ready. If a part doesn't fit or needs to be changed, just go back to Sketchup, regenerate G-code and run it again.

It's a really cool way to cut planes instead of having to print plans and cut the parts by myself. And all parts are correct size down to about 0,5mm or so (which is much better than when I cut the foam from plans)

There is alot of info about the phlatprinter on www.phlatforum.com
Aug 10, 2009, 03:49 PM
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Thank you so much,

I will read some thread about this Phlatprinter

Good night !
Aug 13, 2009, 05:52 PM
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Good evening Friends,

Our Funtana is achieved !

I hope to be able to make a movie of a flight and some pictures this week-end, if the wind slows down.

Have a good night !
Aug 13, 2009, 11:40 PM
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Really sharp looking and bet it's a blast to fly. Just curious what motor are you using.
Aug 14, 2009, 02:19 AM
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Hi Prunner, welcome in this thread and thank you for your nice comment !

We use KD A2220-L brushless engine with a 10x4.7 SF propeller.

Here are some specs from KD :
Kv = 1102 rpm/V
Rm = 0.143 ohms
Io = 0.66A @ 5V, 0.78A @7V, 1.08A @ 12V

Recommended props:
10x5 APC-E (3 cells: 20A, 210W, 1050g thrust, 8800rpm)
11x5.5 APC-E (3 cells: 23A, 240W, 1200g thrust, 7900rpm)

We use to mount these engine as often as possible on our parkflyers because they are cheap (less than $17), very torque full and can pull up to 1200 Kg (our painted plane's - ready to flight is 0.610 Kg )

Best Regards

Aug 17, 2009, 12:59 PM
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Some more pictures of Funtana's flight

A video have been made too.
I will post her as soon as possible

Bye !

Aug 19, 2009, 01:34 AM
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That looks really good! I have got caught up in other projects so my Funtana has been on hold for a while. But I see that I definitely need to pick it up again!

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