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« on: August 11, 2017, 01:38:12 PM »

Aloha all,
My next adventure is going to be the first Hawaiian Airlines bird, a Bellance CH-300 Pacemaker. I've had the opportunity to fly the thing a couple times (very tractor-like but awesome) and want to do a scale version for the office. The build is pretty simple but how to do the lettering is a mystery to me. I'd like to get as close to the real deal as I can but this is uncharted territory. Any clues from the experts?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 02:23:38 PM »

How big is the plane? I would go to a sign shop and have them machine cut the lettering. Tell them you want high performance black vinyl. Get a triple order. Let them do the weeding. Get a set reversed in case you wanna brush it on.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 03:41:19 PM »

I would go to Callie Graphics at    https://callie-graphics.com/   and click on the "custom work" tab. She does excellent work and all you need to do is supply a good clear photo or computer file of what you want along with the dimensions of your aircraft and she sizes it perfectly. Her rates are very reasonable and I would be surprised if what you need would cost over $20.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 04:10:44 PM »

I'm going to go pretty small so will need pretty detailed work, I'll tag Callie and see what she might be able to do.

Thanks for the info.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2017, 06:17:53 AM »

If you are going that small, print your own tissue. Callie is going to probably send you a decal or an appliqué...which may be sufficient for you, but I doubt it. I have seen the nose art appliqués she does, while not terrible, they look like after- thoughts (to me) still, that may suit you. She is cheap enough for a shot, I suppose.
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 01:33:56 PM »

Agree with Crabby:  try printing some tissue (red esaki) with the correct (or as close as possible) font.  Easy to do if you have Word (or equal).  Just hunt around at the fonts available.  DUTCH801 Rm BT seems to be quite close to the script shown in your pic.  The only issue I can see is if your model is too small, the resolution of the print will go away. 

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2017, 01:34:03 PM »

Interesting idea with the printer, thanks. I'm going small but not crazy small!
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2017, 01:41:43 PM »

Get some red Esaki (Japanese tissue), some printer paper and some repositionable 3m spray mount. Dust the paper with the 3m, let it dry then mount the tissue to it. Print. Keep us in loop!
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2017, 07:17:31 PM »

Looks like I'm getting derailed for a couple not-planes-get-the-big-tools-out projects so on hold this shall be.

Funny how much influence somebody else has on my project schedule...

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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2017, 09:07:58 PM »

Aw shucks dude. And I was all ready for the show. Angry
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2017, 01:46:23 PM »

Not sure how but my reply went off into net nothing...

Anyhoo, my last big tool project was a "quit talking about it and get to work before the New Year's tournament". Building furniture is a bear but it's educational. No fancy wood here, the chairs are made with 2x4's, 1x6's and 2x2's. 8 chairs, 4 side tables and the beast in the middle.
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2017, 01:52:00 PM »

I would rather see you building planes
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