Sidewayskiwi
Using acrylic paint for the first time on depron 
Do I still seal the foam ??
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solentlife
No need ... Depron is closed cell.
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Dodgy Crasher
I still seal it with acylic varnish after sanding, it paints better on that too than the sanded depron , In my opinion, and the varnish is cheap out of any hardware store. but Solent is correct it's not necessary it's preference.
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solentlife
What can be a preference ... if you want a dull WW2 warbird look - then paint direct to get a matt finish. 



That is a revamped Lanyu ME109 that out of box was this :

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SukhoiLover
That -109 pilot's gigantic! Or does he just have a huge head?

See?

slideshow image
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solentlife
Only one I had !!

Thinking about size ... maybe you note that the real Me109 (Bf109) has a relatively small tail set ... for model - it is usually increased in size to give more authority and stability.
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SukhoiLover
I know--but it's creepy!   ðŸ˜§  ðŸ˜®  ðŸ˜«   

(😉)
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solentlife
I have another of same model - I modified to take retracts ... 

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Dodgy Crasher
yeah you wouldn't want that pilot to head butt you in the face, it would be like getting hit by a car ðŸ˜œðŸ‘Ž
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SukhoiLover
A head that big does project authority!  ðŸ˜

Okay seriously, how does the plane perform compared to the fixed gear one--any noticeable difference? Weight penalty? And so as not to hijack the thread, is the retract airplane painted or is that the factory finish?

Thanks, and fly safely.
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solentlife
I'll answer then stop hijacking thread !! 

No real difference I can tell ... its small and light - so wind buffets it ... retracts are the smallest servoless I could find ... but still mean they reach top surface ! 
Finish on second is factory .... they have basically two versions ... the one with the garish yellow as my first and second in more warlike scheme.

Flies on geared brushed with 8x6 or light to medium brushless on 7x5 - 7x6 prop ... recc'd 1000 - 1200kv

This the current one :



And the first one :



Cheap fun !!
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SukhoiLover
Cool—thanks. Fly safely!
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Dodgy Crasher
Oh , I see you have an Arctic cat there Solent , same colour as mine too ðŸ˜ŠðŸ‘
I love that plane, I run mine 2200 lipos, 2750kv motor so it's got some oomph and a 6x4 prop, had the rudder to start with then noticed I didn't need it so I glued it solid and took out the servo for it, it's one of my top 3 favourite planes and I have a lot of planes.
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solentlife
The Arctic Cat took a lot of stick on RCG - but the main people failed to build it right ... claimed it need modifications to turn on water etc.

I built mine correct ... then put a 1750 up to 2250 3S in ... 2200kv and 6x5 prop ..... LOVELY !!



I do find that the narrow parts under the wings can catch in the grass at times and slow her take-off ... 
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Dodgy Crasher
Aha, I watched that on youtube a while back, I liked that model so much I bought a second one too which is still in the box, it's a tough little plane mine has had a few rough landings including a fall out the sky which never even did one bit of damage, also it's one of the only foamies I have that flies really well in strong winds, my other being my small foamboard Mig29 ,both are just so stable.
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