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Dec 17, 2012, 10:11 PM
BGR
BGR
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Originally Posted by Sculptor
The orange paint is Krylon shortcuts. It's acrylic-based or water-based is called glow orange. But when dry rub off on your fingers, so I covered it with men wax water-based polyurethane to seal it and it remained flat. The blue stripe is actually a peel and stick pinstriping I bought from a boat shop.

I'm spending more and more time trying to learn how to actually finish foam one of the best things you can do to any foam plane, especially one that is white is coat with acrylic floor wax. It's as thin as water, but leaves a acrylic film on the plane and leaves it shiny. So now I don't get fingerprints all over the foam handling the plane. Another thing once it's coated with floor wax it can be painted with any kind of paint.

Nothing wants to stick epo foam. The O stands for 'olafin' which is the plastic used in commercial carpets in high wear and high stain areas, restaurants, banks, etc. But mop and glow acrylic floor wax or Hathaway floor finish sticks pretty well to the EPO foam.

Thanks for your interest,
DJ
EPO can be painted with regular paint. I painted both of my AXNs with Enamel from a rattle can. It sticks ok with a bit of sanding before painting but it can still peel off, as you said no paint sticks well to EPO.
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Dec 17, 2012, 10:37 PM
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EPO can be painted with regular paint. I painted both of my AXNs with Enamel from a rattle can. It sticks ok with a bit of sanding before painting but it can still peel off, as you said no paint sticks well to EPO.
On the one hand, the fact that regular paint won't eat up the foam is a blessing. On the other hand the fact it won't bite into the foam is a curse.

On this board. I found remarkable examples of people doing incredible things in finishing Styrofoam airplanes. I've looked at planes that have been covered with chrome materials used in signage,monocote etc.

my skill level is such that I cannot spend a lot of time in the passionate pursuit of perfecting the most beautiful plane. What I can do is try and make my planes look nice, convincing and believable. Finding ways to make this experience, decorating my cheap Styrofoam planes with paint and computer-generated decals is what I want to try and do here.

If it seems like I'm looking for a standard, and common way of treating all of these things, then you're right.

I'm not a builder. I am a model maker from child hood.

"What looks right is right." -Micheal Angelo .

DJ
Dec 18, 2012, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Limited flyer
That was an awsome bit of flying there, congrats,also,i like your flying style,ate up alot of sky.
cheers.
Dec 18, 2012, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Heliosphere
Hi everyone, I haven't posted in this thread for ages and it looks to have quietened down a lot, but just wanted to check back in with an update to my progress a little over a year after my first successful RC flights, with the awesome Bixler!

I've recently had the wing tips clipped and upgraded to a 2200kv motor and that has brought renewed interest in the otherwise slightly too sedate stock Bixler. I'm now up to about 13 planes but the upgraded Bixler is still one of my favourites to fly.

Seem to have just about all of my rookie crashes out of my system, nowadays it's only when I'm trying something stupid that I come a cropper

Anyway have a short video of the clipped Bixler in a quick blast around the local park. Thoroughly recommend the upgrade to anyone who's Bixler is gathering dust at the moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcFO2uzBpzc
Impressive as hell!
Dec 18, 2012, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Sculptor

<SNIP>

I'm not a builder. I am a model maker from child hood.

"What looks right is right." -Micheal Angelo .

DJ
That is how my wife balances her checkbook.
AJ
And..... why we have separate checking accounts.
Dec 18, 2012, 10:33 PM
BGR
BGR
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Originally Posted by Sculptor
On the one hand, the fact that regular paint won't eat up the foam is a blessing. On the other hand the fact it won't bite into the foam is a curse.

On this board. I found remarkable examples of people doing incredible things in finishing Styrofoam airplanes. I've looked at planes that have been covered with chrome materials used in signage,monocote etc.

my skill level is such that I cannot spend a lot of time in the passionate pursuit of perfecting the most beautiful plane. What I can do is try and make my planes look nice, convincing and believable. Finding ways to make this experience, decorating my cheap Styrofoam planes with paint and computer-generated decals is what I want to try and do here.

If it seems like I'm looking for a standard, and common way of treating all of these things, then you're right.

I'm not a builder. I am a model maker from child hood.

"What looks right is right." -Micheal Angelo .

DJ
We have I believe a similar approach, I want to make them look nice too. I don't want my airplane to look like everyone else's so I paint them. However although I can build anything I am not an artist so while my airplanes are well built... they don't look as good as they could. For me...if it flies good and looks decent at standoff range it's a winner in my book.
Dec 19, 2012, 03:27 AM
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the other day, garfield came to the house and gave my Bixler a one two punch on the wings and canopy.......any idea on how to repair this?......a foamy filler maybe?....
Dec 19, 2012, 04:23 AM
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the other day, garfield came to the house and gave my Bixler a one two punch on the wings and canopy.......any idea on how to repair this?......a foamy filler maybe?....
I suggest repairing it with fiberglass cloth and resin to make sure you can retain the airfoil as much as is possible.
AJ
Dec 19, 2012, 05:23 AM
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I suggest repairing it with fiberglass cloth and resin to make sure you can retain the airfoil as much as is possible.
AJ
how do I apply the fiberglass cloth?...
Dec 19, 2012, 08:03 AM
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Sorry to disagree, but that would most likely make one side much heavier than the other. At this point I think I would replace the wing set with new ones. They don't cost that much. Odd that only the foam is damaged and he didn't get the stickers! Some light filler on the canopy.... and a black marker to touch it up.
Dec 19, 2012, 09:09 AM
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That is how my wife balances her checkbook.
AJ
And..... why we have separate checking accounts.
Hey there AJ, good to see your little dog in the corner of my screen again you sound like you've recovered.

As a monument portrait sculptor the quote "what looks right is right." Does apply to my work, but it might not applied to airplanes. Example: I hit a fence post on take off at my airfield, plane burst into the sky in nine pieces. Two days later I had it all back together again (big 5 pound Cessna 182) . In days I had the whole thing back together again found I had to add a half a pound of weight to the nose, that turned it into a flying pig never was right after that, but it sure looked right.

DJ
Dec 19, 2012, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by CPMBOY
the other day, garfield came to the house and gave my Bixler a one two punch on the wings and canopy.......any idea on how to repair this?......a foamy filler maybe?....
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Originally Posted by jrjr
Sorry to disagree, but that would most likely make one side much heavier than the other. At this point I think I would replace the wing set with new ones. They don't cost that much. Odd that only the foam is damaged and he didn't get the stickers! Some light filler on the canopy.... and a black marker to touch it up.
I don't see the replacement wings for the V1 Bixler but these are the same thing....
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=739
Dec 19, 2012, 04:35 PM
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the other day, garfield came to the house and gave my Bixler a one two punch on the wings and canopy.......any idea on how to repair this?......a foamy filler maybe?....

Spackling compound and sand it down
Dec 19, 2012, 06:07 PM
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the other day, garfield came to the house and gave my Bixler a one two punch on the wings and canopy.......any idea on how to repair this?......a foamy filler maybe?....
First get the cat de-clawed.

Then you can try to sand down the rough stuff and use a very light Spackle as filler.

The extra weight may make it hard to fly. If so then get a replacement set of wings

Let us know what you decided on and how it turned out. Especially the cat.
Dec 20, 2012, 02:04 AM
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A well trained dog would not have done that. Ever here of a well trained cat.

P.S., the irony is not lost on me.


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