RC model repaints (pic heavy)

RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby Wbirdnut on Sat 19 May 2018, 10:04 pm

Been flying rc for some time, big warbird fan, here's a few, mainly ultra micros,
all the below under 40cm wingspan and mainly painted in Antipodean schemes.

My first UM that doesn’t get in the air so much these days, an oldie but a goodie.
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You will noticed she is armed, some aggressive L4 Grasshopper drivers fitted Bazookas
to there aeroplanes one chap even destroyed a few tanks with them. Charles Carpenter
probably the most famous, see link below.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_C ... nt_colonel)

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Snoopy on the tail of the Red Baron.
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Not Von Richthofen’s scheme but similar.
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Spitfire painted up as a Mk IX that flies currently in New Zealand.
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The mighty P-51 seen below with a pic of the only Mustang to be painted in camo
in Australia. The Mustang was also made in Australia by the Commonwealth
Aircraft Corporation.
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My favourite WW II fighter this one received Royal New Zealand Airforce markings.
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I swear the white stripes have saved a lost orientation situation on more than
one occasion.

Another that I favour the “Wooden Wonder” painted as an Aussie Mossie!
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The Corsair got a bit more aggressive nick name “Whistling Death.”
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Another American radial powered beast, this Thunderbolt painted in Royal
Airforce markings of an aeroplane that flew in the South East Asian Conflict.
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Keeping an American/RAF theme painted as a Brit, a coastal command B17.
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The little jets use a small 30mm ducted fan unit run on 2 cell lipo batteries.
A4 in a short worn scheme the Royal New Zealand Airforce purchased some
Royal Australian Navy Skyhawks and for a brief time these machines had
RAN camo with RNZAF roundels.
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Scratch built the undercart just for looks, all my UMs which had retractable gear
are hand launchers and belly landers, not only for looks but for less drag.
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This one was a big job not only the paint but also the mods, wanted a FA18
Hornet so modded an EFlite Habu to a Hornet. As you can see added the
twin fins, thought about it but decided to leave the wing so not 100% scale.
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The Royal Australian Airforce painted a Hornet with an indigenous Aboriginal
scheme from the local people of the area where RAAF Williamtown the Hornets
are based.
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A Viper as a Kiwi, the RNZAF where going to get the Fighting Falcon to replace
their retiring A4 Skyhawks at the last minute the politicians killed the deal.
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As she came out of the box.
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Re-painted this one on the first high performance warbird to fly in New Zealand
since the 1950s. In 1985 this Mustang was imported into New Zealand and painted
in the markings of one of the three Territorial Squadron Mustangs that served in
the RNZAF. Have modelled her as a bit of a triple tribute, Sir Tim Wallace a legend
of the warbird scene in New Zealand. Ray Hanna, more on him soon and the mighty
Canterbury Crusaders my Rugby team who won their seventh Super Rugby comp
in 2017!
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The late Ray Hanna a true legend aviator and star pilot of many a movie, one of
my favourite movie scenes from “Empire of the Sun” Ray Hanna flies past a young
kid waving. So I made my little pilot so he can wave, has a simple wire link off
the rudder to his arm.

Ray Hanna scene “Empire of the Sun.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ouJ_WyS9v8

Ray Hanna waving from Mustang Warbirds over Wanaka 1996.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyFYrW_Vh8c

Here’s another Mustang this time raised the back and back dated her to a C model
or Mk III when with Commonwealth countries. The Royal Australian Airforce had
both P-51 Ds and Cs in Italy during WW II. Mine painted in the markings of a 3 Sqn
aeroplane. Here she is painted but pre weathering, the three Sqn P51s had the
southern cross on their tails.
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And after adding weathering using pastels.
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Here she is with a stock one, mods included obviously raising the back, cockpit
detail, including seat, radio and instrument panel, paint and moving the battery
hatch from underneath to on top, much better access.
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Next on the list, found myself infatuated Reno races, especially seeing a Kiwi bird,
Graeme Frew’s Yak 3 made the final. The final race was awesome with “Voodoo”
leading for most of the race then “Strega” coming through on the second act lap
to take first place, yeah I know the little Yak 3 came last and was lapped, but hey
she’s got a stock Alision under the hood!

Nice u tube clip of the 2017 race, love the on board from Voodoo!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvRmZZZEzF8

Paint scheme, had to be the current champ “Strega” another reason did some
research she’s an ex Aussie RAAF Mustang in a former life A68-679.

“Strega” in her former guise, this pic taken in 1968 at a museum in Mildura Australia,
in the back ground a Wirraway an Australian designed and built WWII training aircraft.
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Here she is with the electrics mocked up, moved the electronics rearward so I can
conceal the battery inside rather than out side the fuselage.
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Went for the Lucas Oil stickers as the current sponsors don’t mean much to us
Downunder. Ready for some turn left, down low and fast!
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Often regret not taking, how she started out, pic’s remembered this time just
forgot to put them at the start. So mods include 2cell electrics and motor, twin
carbon fibre spars in the wing, you can see in the pic below. Spar in the tailplane
and rudder, added ribs to the wing and sheeted in foam, clipped wings and tail
plane. Razor back and cockpit scratch built, pilot and paint, new graphics.
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Wbirdnut

Re: RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby Wbirdnut on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 10:01 am

Congratulations to Graham Frew and his Yak 3m “Full Noise” made it to the
Gold Unlimited race for the second year in a row came 7th behind some Sea
Furies and Mustangs with a lot more power. Decided to modify an ultra micro
Mustang (410mm span) into a Yak 3.

As much as it looks like not much, have done heaps! (Aussie stand for lots!)
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Mods include the wings with radiator intakes in the roots, scratch built rudder
and fatter fusy sanded to shape, three bladed prop with spinner, canopy cut
down from Mustang.

Have flown her as she sits, had to add weight to get CG, a pity but to be expected
with all the additions to her rear end.

Paint on waiting for decals, also pilot and a bit of cockpit detailing, yes that black
arrow with the white surround was a curse to paint!
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Really wanted access to the insides so created a magnet held hatch, have to
play around with CG.
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Re: RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby Wbirdnut on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 10:07 am

As is often the case have a couple on the go at present, repainting my EFlite
ultra Micro (515mm span) Wildcat to a Fleet Air Arm version, interesting fact,
FAA Wildcats flew the last combat mission in the European theatre in WW II.

Not only paint, first slight mod, the later model FM-2 (Wildcat MK VI, sometimes
called Martlet) had a taller and less broad rudder, bit of blue foam on the top
sanded to shape then cut a small section off the rear.
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Paint the hardest part the invasion stripes, started out trying low tack masking
tape and airbrushed them, too much bleeding under the tape and the tape lifted
the paint and exposed the white foam underneath. Solution thin pencil line then
hand painted the stripes, do not ask me how many times this had to happen nor
how many times I used colourful language!
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Bit to go, pilot and cockpit details and decals, minimal weathering as she is an
airshow machine and kept in pristine condition apart from a bit of exhaust stain.

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Modeling her on the real one that flies in the UK with the Fighter Collection. Very
lucky to bump into her recently at Flying Legends, July 2018.
Wbirdnut

Re: RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby Wes_Howes on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 10:54 am

Nice to see some original markings on these RC models, rather than the OOB ones :clap:
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Re: RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby ericbee123 on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 10:57 am

The skill and patience ( not to mention the amount of free time you must have !!) is amazing.

The fact they all actually fly as well is mind blowing to me.
Disclaimer-I have spell/grammar checked this post, it may still contain mistakes that might cause offence.
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Re: RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby Wbirdnut on Thu 18 Oct 2018, 7:24 pm

Thanks folks, time on my hands, self employed in the busy one day flat out the
next tourist industry, I do live on a little island hidden away and occasionally have
some time for my hobby.

Also finished my Wildcat repaint, she represents the airworthy job that flies with
the fighter collection at Duxford in the UK. Was fortunate to attend the most
recent Flying Legends in July and this nuggety little machine impressed me.
The Fighter Collection's machine this one is based on flew off the aircraft carrier
Tracker with the Fleet Air Arm.
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My 515mm span foamy, mods include the taller less broad fin of the latter FM2
version of the Wildcat and of course paint. Don't ask me about those invasion
stripes, I'll tell you. Started out trying masking tape and an airbrush, one the
tape lifted the paint so tried low tac take then got bleeding so hand painted
the lot, what curse that was!
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The real one.
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Re: RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby Wbirdnut on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 6:36 pm

My P40N done and dusted, did her up as a fighter that has a bit of history, the
last aeroplane to claim a victory in the New Guinea campaign, flown initially by
Ft Lt Dennis Baker by a who named her. Then the mount of the only indigenous
Australian to fly in the Australian air force, WO Len Waters flew over 90 combat
missions in the south west pacific conflict.

The real machine.
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Mods include lengthening the tail and modding the cockpit to portray a P40N,
paint, decals and weathering, recessed the exhaust and added the aerial. Yet to
fly, expecting her too be a little tail heavy so have allowed for the battery to fit
well forward if required.
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Len Waters story
https://alchetron.com/Len-Waters

P40 A29-575
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P02808.001
Wbirdnut

Re: RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby Wbirdnut on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 6:10 am

Always been impressed by the P47, just big and brash, got a second one cheap
in an end of year sale, had a spare Mustang canopy, converting her to a bubble
top, yeah posted this a while back, lost my motivation and now I’m back! Used
some blue foam for the lowered back sanded to shape.
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Here she is mocked with my SEAC RAF razor back Thunderbolt, was a little
surprised how much smaller the canopy is compared to the Mustangs.
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Lots of schemes to choose with this job, decided a warbird needed warpaint so
going with Gaby Gabreski’s mount as she would have appeared flying with the
8th AF out of England in July 1944.
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Did some searching on the net and it seems there are various versions of this
scheme, went with one that only had invasions stripes on the bottom as they
are a curse to paint!
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The camo on this one is really a bit of a mystery, quite unusual from what I have
found on the net. Now I know camo is supposed to be uneven but it seems this
machine had a really randome paint job, little peaks and troughs all through it
wonder if was a personal thing for the crew and pilot. Of course what I have
found out about her on the net could be completely wrong?

Fortunate to bump into a real one in the UK early this year and let me tell you
there is nothing like a Thunderbolt both taxiing on by and flying!
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Big friend with not so little “little friend.”
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Re: RC model repaints (pic heavy)

Postby Wbirdnut on Thu 01 Nov 2018, 8:03 am

Gabi’s P47 Thunderbolt pretty close to taking flight, just need to glue the canopy
and flat seal the decals.
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Wonder if anyone knows why the canopy would have been sky blue?
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