Archive for July, 2011
Have finished the basic white and red painting of the airframe and wing surfaces and all leading edges in black. Next I will print and place insignia (using a custom decal kit) then finish with a UV resistant top coat.
After spending some time looking at different real-world aircraft with similar high-wing two engine designs to my Twinstar I have settled on a combination of US Coast Guard and Australian Customs. I like these designs as they use lots of white (which save me having to do a lot of detailed painting) and should provide highly visible orientation when looking at it from the ground. It should also give a good scale effect – in other words from a distance look just like the real thing.
I am basing my design on the Aust Customs Dash 8
Received my initial Twinstar II kit from Tower Hobbies. It is very light! Shipping was expensive though due to the large box size. The model is an impressive 1.4m wingspan.
Lots of work to do to this before it flies. Besides the camera and video transmitter I have decided to paint the aircraft (not sure what design yet) and to install navigation lights, autopilot, flight data recorder (black box), GPS (Global Positioning System) and a HUD (Heads Up Display) which will give me information like altitude and airspeed overlaid onto the video feed.