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Canopies Which Came First - Future or Paint
MikeM670
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Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 07:22 AM UTC
Quick question on Aircraft Canopies. When your working on the canopies do you future first then paint or paint the future?
lampie
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Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 09:46 AM UTC
Future first
Nige
MikeM670
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Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 11:01 AM UTC
Thank you!
drabslab
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Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 09:25 PM UTC

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Quick question on Aircraft Canopies. When your working on the canopies do you future first then paint or paint the future?



The metal part of the canopies usually needs two colors, one on the inside which goes with the color of the cockpit and one on the outside.

Usually, I work as follows:

I mask the transparent part

I attac h the canopy in closed position (sometimes using glue permitting removing it to put it in open position afterwards)

I paint the inside color on the outside

I airbrush the plane giving also the metal part of the anopy its final color

I give a final layer of matt or satin future (mixture with a flat base)

I remove the masks of th canopy and brush future on the transparent parts



Tomcat31
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Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 10:26 PM UTC
I do it this way

1. Dip the canopy parts in Future/Klear, wick away any excess with a bit of kitchen towel and leave to dry for several hours protected from dust under a storage tub.
2. Mask the parts to remain clear.
3. Attach the canopy in the closed position (with some white glue if I'm having it open).
4. Paint the interior colour on the outside of the canopy
5. Prime the rest of the model
6. Paint the exterior colour be it camouflage, NMF, etc
7. Remove the masking and the canopy (if I'm having it open).

Pretty much a similar technique to Drabslab.
drabslab
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Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 10:49 PM UTC

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Pretty much a similar technique to Drabslab.




Great minds think alike
MikeM670
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Posted: Monday, September 06, 2010 - 02:00 PM UTC
Wow! Never even thought of painting the inside canopie color on the outside first. A lot of great pointers from all your posts. Thanks much!

Mike