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Many of us acquire, or buy, or better
yet, get given an old scale helicopter and decide that we would really
like to get it back in flying order, or maybe just get it back to
looking like it used to when new as a talking point.
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you really can't wait to find out how little it might cost for your
No matter how you acquire these older
helicopters, there is usually a lot of work needed to both the mechanics
and of course the fuselages themselves. It is quite surprising how well
these aircraft can be once fully restored, but it is certainly not a
simple process, as well as requiring quite a bit of specialist equipment
such as spray facilities, compressors, and of course, a great number of
tools, some quite specialised in their own right.
You may well be a little put off from
getting involved in such a project as you do not have the necessary
equipment, but you do not need to. I offer my services to
carry out any or all parts of a renovation project for you.
You can choose the level of work you want performed, and you will
probably be very pleasantly surprised at how little my costs can be
to perform the work that you cannot do yourself.
As an example, I would like to show
you some images of a renovation project I am undertaking right now
(November 2012). It is of a Bell 206 Jet Ranger designed and
sold as a kit by Vario, a well known German company who specialise
in large scale quality scale helicopters.
In this case, I am responsible for
all aspects of the renovation, both fuselage, paint work, and
Here is what she looked like after
initial stripping down...
A little sad really, but everything is
actually there, which makes life a little easier. This helicopter
dates from around 1990, but Vario do still have many of the spares you/I
may need to get this baby back in the air safely.
After doing the various obvious repairs
to the structure of the fuselage as shown above, I was able to get it
into primer and then a solid coat of white paint as a base that I could
use to remove all the smaller blemishes that only show up once you have
some gloss paint on it.
So far, so good, the next step was to rub
this all down again very carefully with lots and lots of Wet and Dry
paper, used wet. until the surface of the entire fuselage was absolutely
smooth and ready for it's colour coats of paint to provide the finish
you really want to see.
The following images show the paint
process stage by stage, starting with a full coat of the final red
paint, and then introducing the white companion panels, completed with
black lining to separate the panels very nicely.
One of the harder parts of painting these
types of helicopters is getting the shapes of the panels correct, or as
close to the original as you can, plus painting such items as door
surrounds using a very fine black line to outline them nicely. This is
all done using some very fine masking tape that can be curved around
almost any shape, and then masking off to leave just the fine line area
exposed for painting. I use an airbrush to paint these lines as I
can be far more accurate than using even a touch up spray gun.
As you can see, On this particular model
I have also painted "dummy" door hinges, and white panels
which is where I will eventually fit some scale door handles to it.
You might also note that the interior of
the fuselage also has to be painted. I have used white her to get a
really good sealant coat, but this will be the same red as the outside
panels when finished.
The above pictures show the fuselage with
it's initial coat of clear lacquer which is used to get that wonderful
new shiny finish.
You might also note in the bottom right
picture that I have fitted cockpit detail as well, including an
instrument panel, seats and control sticks.
And here is the
OK, I can almost hear you saying, very
nice for sure, but it must take an awfully long time to do all that
work. Well yes, I would estimate that this fuselage recovery has
taken me around 10 full days, which is 80 hours work.
I DO NOT CHARGE SILLY RATES FOR DOING THIS SORT OF WORK.
The paint, thinners, wet and dry
paper, masking tape etc cost £65.00, and my charge for all the
work shown here was only £400, which is around £5.00 per hour,
so far less than the national minimum wage. Now I know that
£450+ is still quite a lot of money, but most scale painters will
charge you a great deal more than that, and when you consider that
this helicopter when new would have cost you about £3,500 in
today's terms, it is a really good deal to get yourself a really
nicely finished/rebuilt scale helicopter.
Why do I do this sort of work
so cheaply ?
Well, basically I really do enjoy
bringing fuselages like this back to their original glory, or
indeed, bringing the aircraft back to full flying order, as will be
the case with this one.
So if you have an old helicopter, or
even a modern one that wants some TLC to bring it back to how it
used to look, and you would like me to give you a quote, just email
and tell me what you have got, and
what you would like me to do to it.
or you can call me between
10:30 and 4.00 pm on 07990 57 81 48 to discuss it with my