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A large number of us like to fly a
helicopter that looks as close to the real thing as possible, and that
of course means putting some chosen mechanics inside a nice scale
There are many fuselages available today
to saturate our appetite for rare or less well known models, as well as
the standard Airwolf, Hughes 300, Bell 222 and many other more commonly
modelled examples. They are also available for quite a range of
helicopter sizes, from 400 size up to 700 (0.90cc) so your choice is
only curbed by how deep your pockets are.
Now it is true that some of these
fuselages come ready painted and indeed as complete helicopter almost
RTF (Ready To Fly) but the majority of them come as a large white or off
white carbon or fibreglass outline with not even the window
apertures cut out. This is where my Painting/Building service
Shown below is how I received a McDonnell
Douglas MD900 (Notar) helicopter arrived. As you can see, it is just a
bunch of large chunks of fuselage that will eventually go together to
end up as a scale MD900.
And to prove the point, here is the
finished article ...
There is actually a lot more than you
might imagine to build this type of helicopter, starting at the very
beginning with rubbing every part of the "white whale"
down very thoroughly to get rid of all the chemicals used in the
moulding process to allow the finished moulding to
"release" from the moulds without damage. Any little
part of that release agent that is left will ruin the paintwork as
it will not key to the moulding correctly. That task alone can
take several very hard working days.
However, if you already have a scale
helicopter that has seen better days due to crashes, bumps, scrapes
etc, it can often be well worth while having the painting redone to
bring it back to it's original glory.
Here is an example of the paintwork
side a Bell 206 Jet Ranger that I was asked to rebuild entirely
As you can see, it was in a pretty
horrible condition, but all the parts were there, so it was
definitely worth doing.
The final result after quite a bit of
time spent on it is shown below.
As you might imagine, there was a lot
of work involved in this transformation, but in terms of cost it was
not as expensive as you might imagine. In fact the charge for this
work was under £450 including all the paint and materials. When
new, this helicopter would have cost over £3,500
So as you can see, it can be quite
economical to bring your old scale helicopter close to it's original
condition (or maybe even better) so why not consider letting me take
care of it for you ?
I can handle full paint jobs such as
this, smaller repairs to correct crash damage, detailed airbrushing,
changing colour schemes, or even bringing a heli up to as close to a
chosen real size helicopter as it is possible to do allowing for the
scale of the model.
I can also offer bespoke
airbrushing of not only fuselages,
but also larger canopies such as Thunder Tiger Raptor as shown below
cloud, moon and stars scene on a dark blue sky background, all
with clear coat for a really shiny professional finish.
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