Still need to figure out the av bay and recovery system, but she's ready for final touch-up sanding and then primer and paint!
Got any pics or vids of your 3" Iris?Looking good... certainly the paint was the most time consuming, even though I had done a custom FG build for my level 1. With my 3" build, I actually had built a rotisserie to be used in fiberglassing the tube. Found that it worked out relative well for the tubes to be able to paint and spin.
I will definitely find a filler primer next time. As for the nose cone, the only prep I did was to sand it smooth with 220 and 400, then sprayed it with alcohol and wiped it down. This wasn't the problem, I don't believe. Check out the Part 7 video to see what went wrong. Very nunusual.Couple of things on the nosecone. First, you have to clean it thoroughly with soap and painfully hot water. Like, repeat 3-4 times. Then, use an adhesion promoter, follow the directions.
I've always had better results with a filler primer when I know that sanding will be required.
This looks fantastic. Nice work. I have the all black and white scheme going on the booster. I'm thinking of taking one side of one fin and painting it bright red. Kinda like C-3PO's unexplained red arm in The Force Awakens.Sorry to hear about your troubles. I’ve had similar experiences over the years with chrome / metallic paints. On my 1/3 scale (4” dia) Iris I used Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome. It’s the best looking metallic finish I’ve ever gotten but it takes a little fussing to get it right. The surface needs to be very smooth and you first layer of color is gloss black. If you get the gloss black polished and shiny, the spaz stix goes on great Using very light dusting coats until you get the look you want. It will still look a little dull until you lightly polish it with a soft cloth.
i never added a clear coat because I didn’t want to mess it up, but if was to put on clear, it would probably be ‘Future” floor polish. It’s a water based acrylic and would have less chance off messing up the chrome. I still have my old bottle when it was still called Future...the latest re-branding is called Pledge Revive It....you want the bottle. Not the spray can stuff. https://www.pledge.com/en-us/products/pledge-floor-gloss
it works great as a simple gloss coat to shine up a rocket and help protect vinyl stickers and decals. Smells good too.
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