In this post I will be including my process of picking the color for spraying and applying decals for my winter project, Baby Blender.
To give a short history of my spray-painting skills: I have never spray-painted my planes. So far, I have built 3 amazing planes from Experimental Airlines' channel on YouTube and they all look amazing! This time I have decided to challenge myself and try something different with my coloring technique. In the worst case scenario, it will look like crap and I can learn from my mistakes :) So, if any of you guys feel like you can share some tips and advice about this process, please feel free to comment below.
I will probably be updating the post with the new images with the each progress I make. For this plane, I was trying to choose which spray paint to use, I love the orange that Josh has picked in his video but I was not able to find similar tone, so I went with Glossy Blood Orange from Walmart. You can see me testing the masking with it and the silver paint. I don't think I will be using silver because it came out too dark.
I would like to ask for your opinion and help me to decide which type of the decal pattern you like, at the end of the post.
I will really much appreciate it! I have numbered different patterns.
Thanks and hit me with any questions!
February 19th Update
After getting some great feedback from you guys, I understood that design #2 was most preferrable. I am not sure if it was clear but in this case, the white decal will go around the side AND will wrap around the top part of fuselage, making it almost a full body wrap which I don't mind, but it will take extra work to lign everything up. The text though is very tricky to make look in that shape as it is not very symmetrical. So, I have went clean style and crazy style to see the difference. Second choice is most funky, for sure.
I have decided to experiment with dual coloring spray painting for the fuse, I will be testing on couple of foam pieces and poster board, hopefully I will be able to film how I do it :)
Just totally random idea came to me when I looked at the curvy text I have created :)
February 21 Update
Okay, taking the fact that I have never spray-painted the foam planes before, I decided to create the test fuselages for the Baby Blender from scraps I had for that purpose only. I am using the poster board from one of the signs I had, the paper is very flexible and ligth enough, but it has text and some graphics printed on it, so I want to try painting White Gloss over and see if it covers it and also testing second fuse with just painting the Red and seeing if that covers the text.
I will be using the two test fuselages to test out my concept for the dual-color effect: the red and lighter Orange on top of fuse.
Stay tuned for more pictures and videos of my progress.
Results of the Spray Painting Baby Blender Fuselage
March 9, 2013 - Finally Warm Enought to Paint the Plane Parts
Okay, finally this weekedn it's not -20 or 0 degrees, it was in mid 40s and I decided to fiinally finish all my painting stuff so I can put the plane together. Here you go, I have applied a light coat of orange on top of my fuselage, final results of masking and painting are below. I am making another short post about Adding a Pilot Cockpit :)
Next step is cutting decals and applying to the plane.
March 11: Laying Out Decals for the Plotter
This is what my files usually look like before I send it to the cutter.