Here we are
again, at the paint shop! This time we are getting the white
base coat. There are only 2 white stripes on the heli, but the
white base will help the orange to "pop" Everyone at
the paint shop thought the Heli's shape made it look like a fish, and
someone suggested that we "Paint it orange, black, and white,
like Nemo" to which Bryan replied: "We Are!"
Back at the Garage, all the colors
have been applied! The Orange used by the Coast Guard is
"International Orange" Supposedly the same color as
the Golden Gate Bridge (gee, that thing must be FILTHY). You can
see the dry transfers laid out below, as I get ready for
application. Unlike decals, once placed, they cannot be moved,
they have to be removed (destroying them) and re-applied.
Below, I am applying the
Dry Transfers, using a leveling laser (red horizontal line on the
tail). I can tell what day it is here, the 4th of July!
(Twilight Zone Marathon on the Sci-Fi Channel) The Navigation
light caps are painted over, we will leave them on until the clear coat
is done, then replace them with new ones.
I am really happy with
all the lines and curves, they came out just perfect. Everything
is smooth, no waviness, and the details on the fuselage still pop out