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Mar 07, 2012, 09:25 PM
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Easy as 1-2-3, Painting a Multiplex "Fun Cub" (Elapor/EPP)


I have decided to share my experience painting a EPP/EPO/Elapor/Z-Foam airplane, the Multiplex "Fun Cub."

It's very easy and can be done with minimal investment. I have used an IWATA airbrush gun with Createx water based t-shirt paint, but you could use a variety of spray can paints, like Krylon H2O series. Just be careful as some paints will melt the foam. Test first!

I purchased my airbrush gun(s) and paints at a local Hobby Lobby craft store. Hint, don't forget to print off the 40-60% coupon on their website.

The box fan, air filter, and air compressor was purchased at Lowes.

I'm no artist or painter! However, using my simple technique, you will find it is very easy to customize your plane, it's easy as 1-2-3.

One more note about Createx paints. They are extremely durable and last for years, with one exception. You cannot put any tape on the paint, it will pull it off. So you will notice that i plan ahead with the taping so that i never tape over an already painted area. There are ways to overcome this glitch, but it is much easier my way.

Btw, this painting project took about 10hrs to complete including taking the photos.

So, I'll walk you through the steps by narrating the photos that follow...

Good luck!

"Aero104"

All done with adding photo comments, again...
Last edited by aero104; Mar 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM. Reason: RCGroups did not upload my comments to the photos! Argh!
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Mar 07, 2012, 11:57 PM
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great attention to detail....

love to see it fly!
Mar 07, 2012, 11:59 PM
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I'll see if i can get a flying video for ya!

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Mar 12, 2012, 01:32 PM
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Very cool, Chris! I'm gonna send you my Hobbyzone Super Cub and let you do a custom paint scheme for it. Thanks for offering!

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Mar 12, 2012, 01:35 PM
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Ummm, sure. You said you wanted a "I'm a little princess" paint job, right?

:-)
Mar 12, 2012, 01:55 PM
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As long as it's all purple and no pink!
Mar 13, 2012, 01:07 PM
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Simply beautiful, was looking into getting this bird and installing floats. Now this makes me want it even more.

Nice job.
Mar 14, 2012, 06:37 AM
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Wow...fantastic work. Makes mine look like child's play.
Mar 14, 2012, 09:45 AM
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Thanks. Your Fun Cub looks great. I'm good at copying schemes, not so good at creating new ones. No artist here.

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Mar 17, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Nice job!!
Apr 20, 2012, 04:47 AM
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Really nice scheme, the result is worth the job!
May 15, 2012, 05:22 AM
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the plane looks great! It looks like your going for a vector avait husky paint scheme. i think im going to head down that path when my fun cub gets here
Jul 26, 2013, 03:59 PM
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did you sand down slightly the plane prior to painting as part of prep? My fun cub foam has these small raised areas (dimples?), wondering how much they'll show once the surface is painted?
Jul 26, 2013, 04:30 PM
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yes, i hit the whole plane with a high grit sandpaper, then wipe it off with denatured alcohol. the dimples come right off. But...if you don't feel like doing it, it's not a big deal. At 100 feet zooming by nobody will notice!
Jul 26, 2013, 04:50 PM
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so denatured alcohol, THEN Acetone? Or will the denatured alcohol remove the mold release chemical as well?

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