There are a
few items that need top be painted before the Clear Coat
goes on. First, the tail skid gets
"Candy-caned". On the (real?) Airwolf, this
skid is straight with a bend in the middle, I went with a
curve for strength. It turns out that the landing gear
wire I used is WAY strong, and I could have easily done a
"bent" design. Oh well. The end of the
wire goes up into the tail fin, with a 90 degree bend to
hold it perfectly parallel to the fin, which is filled
completely with Aeropoxy. I don't want any damage if I come
down hard on the tail!:
Dzus fasteners on the tail boom get painted an Aluminum color:
can see the Dzus fasteners on the doghouse painted and drying.
tip of the in-flight refueling probe gets painted. Not
shown (I just forgot to shoot it) are the Dry Transfers
around the starboard-side fuel port.
mentioned that the intakes were hard to paint, as the air
could not escape, making it difficult to get a clean coat on
the inside of the intakes. Since the clear coat is so
critical, I decided to take the time to fix that. Some
1 1/2 inch plumbing vent tubes fixed that nicely. I
used a 90 degree elbow, and a bit of tubing, to vent the end
of the end of the intakes up and out of the fuselage.
Here you can
see the masking restored (it got messed up carrying it back
to my shop), and the vent tubing sticking out... Now,
it is going back to the paint shop for the clear coat!