Designing the Perfect Paint Scheme Workshops at Sun 'n Fun 2019

F-1 Rocket. Paint scheme and photo by Scheme Designers.

During Sun 'n Fun 2019 Scheme Designers Owner and Chief Designer, Craig Barnett, will host three free workshops where participants can learn critical guidelines and best design practices for a variety of makes and models of aircraft, for owners and companies to use when designing their new aircraft livery and in choosing paint shops. Continue reading "Designing the Perfect Paint Scheme Workshops at Sun 'n Fun 2019"

A Day of Fussy Fuss

Another layer of silver was added to give more depth to the band.
Another layer of silver was added to give more depth to the band.

John Stahr announced first thing in the morning that Friday would be "a day of fussy fuss." It was time to address all those little nits bound to come up in the original work. As Paul Dye is always telling me, "It isn't how perfect you do the job initially, it's about how well you can correct the little errors." So, it was a tedious and some times a bit frustrating day of inspecting for issues and addressing them. Continue reading "A Day of Fussy Fuss"

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Another detail completed.
Another detail completed.

John Stahr continued working on N958PD, KITPLANES Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye's recently built SubSonex jet on Thursday. With the large area painting completed and detailed art work started, it was another day of mostly detail work... addressing minor flaws in the original spray painting and air brushing on more details. Some of the details were air brushed on while others were shot through stencils... both prepared and made on the spot. Continue reading "Light at the End of the Tunnel"

Details, details, details...

John Stahr sprays white paint as the final area paint on Paul Dye's SubSonex. Most of the jet is masked to protect the earlier laid colors.
John Stahr sprays white paint as the final area paint on Paul Dye's SubSonex. Most of the jet is masked to protect the earlier laid colors.

The fifth day started bright and early with the limbering up of the spray gun and the deployment of white - the final major color to go on the jet. John Stahr checked over the masking to make sure it was all correct before shooting three coats of the bright white that ironically will probably be listed as the major color of the airplane when filing a flight plan... "white/red/black".  A short break followed to let the paint set up, then unmasking began - the jet revealed in all its basic glory. We say basic because when the masking was removed, the detailing began. Continue reading "Details, details, details..."

Now--In Living Color!

With black going on, the jet began to show some real personality.
With black going on, the jet began to show some real personality.

Work continued on the jet's paint job on Tuesday--and a long day it was. The detailed layout was completed the day before, so it was mostly a matter of masking off the various colors one at a time, using the additive process. This meant masking for the silver, then the black, and then the red. All three colors were shot with little need to worry about overspray, because once a color was shot, it was covered up - and the spots that hadn't yet received their final color were fine if they got some overspray - because they would get their color later. Continue reading "Now--In Living Color!"