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Old 05-13-2014, 07:31 PM
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Default Checkerboard Rudder

I have seen several checker board tail paint jobs and was wondering what size the average block is?
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:33 PM
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4 inches for mine.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:44 PM
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On my RV-6, I made the checkerboard 3 columns wide, with the blocks getting wider from the top of the rudder to the bottom.

Here's a pic:

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft...000906214.html
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:01 PM
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2" but mine are ghosted and I was going for a different effect.


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Old 05-13-2014, 10:09 PM
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Could someone describe how you mask your rudder for a checker board paint scheme. Do you do one row ,and then mask for the next row and so on?
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:04 AM
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5" in a diamond pattern.

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Old 05-14-2014, 06:13 AM
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Here's what 3" looks like:

https://picasaweb.google.com/tonyboy...87273401514514

And if you do the rudder you might as well do the other end:

https://picasaweb.google.com/tonyboy...15579909417090

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:14 AM
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Mine is being finished at this time. The checkers are 2", rudder only and with pointy edge up so it will look like diamonds. The guy doing it has done many such designs on race cars. Will post a picture when I pick it up next Monday.

All the other parts - ailerons, flaps, HS, VS, canopy, cowl, wing tips, fairings, wing and fuselage bottom are painted. Reassembling the beast at present, will re-weigh it, and get on with flying - finally.

Serious polishing of what has not been painted will follow on rainy days.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:41 AM
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I think the 3" block is what I am leaning towards, thanks for the input
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:42 AM
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I did mine in 3". Went to a local sign shop that cuts vinyl and had them cut me 2 "spray mask" of 3" squares. Painted rudder white, applied mask and shot black, removed mask and cleared.

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