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Cal Fire Grumman S-2T Turbo Tracker COMPLETE

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  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:11 AM

Spraying red on white requires perfect masking so I was hoping to use decals where possible.  I ordered a set of red stripes from CAM decals which I've had great success with in the past.  Not so tonight - they are breaking apart after soaking.  3 out of 4 sheets... bummer.  This will test my masking skills for sure!

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:45 AM

Its coming along nice.  Your at the nail biting part where trying to get the paint on without any flaws and hope the masks hold.  I've never had any luck with red stripe decals. 

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, November 23, 2017 2:56 PM

keavdog - maybe you'd like to try it the way I do it sometimes. You take a clear decal sheet and paint a portion of it red. THEN you cut the stripes of the width you need and then you apply the decal. For me that works very well and saves a lot of masking.

Hope it helps - good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    February, 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:54 PM

That’s a bummer about the decals. You may want to give these guys a try, if you haven’t already started masking. 

http://www.fundekals.com/

I saw their stuff at a show recently and it seems pretty high quality. 

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Posted by ardvark002 on Monday, November 27, 2017 10:43 AM
Hi, just wanted to let you know that Draw Decal makes a nice set for a Cal Dept. of Forestry S-2 fire bomber . Aardvark
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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, November 27, 2017 12:30 PM
I'll checkout fundekals - thx. I have the Draw set - very nice, but doesn't have any of the red striping.

Thanks,

John

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    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 8:04 PM

Keavdog,

Don't know if you still need them, but you might try contacting Mike West at Lone Star Models and see if the Red Gecko Decals have what you need.  I think they come with stripes for the fuselage, but not the wings and tail.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 8:17 PM
Thanks lewbud. I have anothwr set of decals stripes to try. Ive just been putting it off... but after seeing the f35 thunderbird ... im inspired

Thanks,

John

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    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Thursday, January 04, 2018 12:30 AM

Spray it with decal spray coat.  It works well for me.  Do two light passes.

Your friend, Toshi

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 04, 2018 8:58 AM

The new issue of Aviation History has quite an article on water bombers.

Of particular interest to me is a shot of a B-18 Bolo as a water bomber.  I have shelved a kit of that plane because the greenhouse nose was so poorly molded that I could not mask the frames.  The water bomber has the greehouse replaced with a new, non transparent nose, a way for me to finish that kit. It will take inkjet decals, but I am fairly experienced with those, so that is not an issue.  However, the single picture in the magazine is almost nose on, so I cannot see the markings well enough.

Does anyone know of more pictures of this plane, showing the livery better, so could make the decals?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 04, 2018 9:28 AM

Thanks,

John

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    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, January 04, 2018 10:49 AM

Redmax, TY for the decal referance. They had a set I've been looking for for quite a while and I have them coming in the mail

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 04, 2018 10:33 PM

RadMax8 - I got the fundekals red stripes.  The are brittle but workable.  I'll have lots of touch up but so far it's looking okay - we'll have to see how things settle down after the decal sol.  I had to put the one Cal Fire decal on :)

Little more work - front of the nacelles on and a couple more decals.  Still waiting for some of the red decals to settle down.....

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, January 05, 2018 8:51 AM

keavdog

Thanks for the info.  That shot is the same one in the magazine article.  Still need a shot from side to see the complete number, and the logo on fuselage side.  I have ordered the CD.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 06, 2018 12:10 AM

 

Making progress.  Tomorrow I have to do the fuselage stripes which will be the most complex.  Then add the gear doors, spinners and props, touchup paint and a gloss coat.  Almost there.

Draw decals are incredible.  They take a bit of nuance as they are extremely thin, but very, very nice.

 

Thanks,

John

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:48 AM

Slow going with the complex contours.  One more set of stripes on the fusulage to go.

Thanks,

John

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    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:15 AM

Oh My Word, that's a gorgeous model ,well done Mate Yes Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:31 PM

Thanks Jay Jay.  Hope to wrap it up this weekend. 

Thanks,

John

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    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, January 12, 2018 12:46 PM

Nice looking model.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Friday, January 12, 2018 1:47 PM

This Tracker is coming out super nice.  

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, January 12, 2018 1:58 PM

Thanks jeaton01 & scottrc.  It is a striking livery - kudos to Cal Fire for creating such a great looking scheme.  I get to see them fly (for good or bad) quite often out of Ramona airport near my house.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, January 12, 2018 2:12 PM

Hey Tosh !

 What year is your Sedona ? Wanna Trade for my 2016 Soul ?

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:35 AM

May put a coat of future to protect the decals after everything dries - otherwise I think I'm done.  I haven't done a build with this much surgery in quite some time.  Very nice conversion kit, great decals and fun subject.  My fusulage stripes are too far apart, got lost in getting them to wrap around... oh well, it represents the livery overall.

Special thanks to RadMax8 - those stripes saved me!

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:00 AM

Looks great!  Looking forward to getting my tanker CD and getting started on converting my partially built B-18 into a tanker.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 13, 2018 2:48 PM

Thanks!  Looking forward to your build.

Thanks,

John

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    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:06 PM

Nice build.  I think it is a very attractive scheme.  I live not far from Sacramento and see them at McClellan, watched them fly over during the Santa Rosa fire.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:38 PM

Thanks - funny I grew up in Foothill Farms and my dad was stationed at McClellan.

Went to Foothill Highschool until my senior year when we moved to San Diego.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:57 PM

You turned this kit into a fine looking model! Good job!

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by Keyda81 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:17 PM

Nice job! 

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:31 PM

Thanks mike and keyda.  It was a fun project. Pretty involved so id work on it a bit and set it aside.  8 months later... :)

Thanks,

John

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