PaPang Posted August 26, 2009 Author Share Posted August 26, 2009 Well, enough of fiddling around! After stenciling, I saw that in some places where the colors were similar (gray and aluminum) the camoed effect was lost, so I decided to add another "sky" color--white. My wife didn't like it too much but this is what came out: It looks a little over the top, but putting it up against the sky (bluish-grayish background with clouds), it does fade into it, like camouflage should! I will owe the pic, as I will take one against the sky when finished. I had to visit around 15 paint shops till I found my flat transparent automotive paint in a spray can. It is not totally matte flat but will have to do. Only one shop (Comex) had it in the whole city and just in the main store, the other 5 stores did not carry it. It does however give an even finish to the camo paints so, I suppose it is another layer of protection. Now that I have the finish out of the way, I can work the electricals! The first part was the "legs" of the landing gear. I'm not sure if I will epoxy them in, thus making them fixed, (what about transporting or shipping?). I decided to leave my options open so they will only be fixed in by pressure. Also, leds give out over time, specially if they are on all the time so I had to devise a way to make them changeable, no epoxy or glue gun here. So I made a notch to make them accessible from the inside (with my handsaw-no Dremel cutting disks here for the moment in town WTH!) and totally removable if I should have to replace one or even change the color of leds. Tried them out next and found that sanding the plexi with a 400 grade sandpaper, light would diffuse to the sides and not just the end of the leg. Now the round acrylic looks "frosty" like in some fancy acrylic I've seen in discos. Great, now to wire the leds in. The led "guru" indicated I had to use parallel wiring because of the higher voltage draw of blue ultrabright leds of 4.5v (I prefer in series--easier): So to solder (took me half a day) and leave it lit up for the night to test. All came out O.K., I'm happy to report. Now the light-show, legs only: and the 25 cm fan in place also. Too much light? Now to paint the upper dome and see what I come up with. What no hurricanes where you live? Gilberto hit wind speeds of 390 kph and Wilma only 340 kph, both with "rain" (really seawater picked up by the winds-everything wilts for several months except trees). Man Hours Used: 13 hours $ Invested: $71.60 mn for 2 cans of spray paint. --------- Accumulated Man Hours: Accumulated $ Invested: Thanks for dropping by and looking. Cheers, good luck and Saludos! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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