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Old 03-07-2020, 11:51 AM
PH-SCP PH-SCP is offline
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Location: The Netherlands, Europe
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Default New vinyl striping on RV-9

Hi guys,

After flying this RV-9 for around 10 years I am getting a little bored with the colours. The aircraft is basically all white and the current stripes and tailnumbers are applied in vinyl.

[IMG]IMG_8538 by Simon Paul, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_4245 by Simon Paul, on Flickr[/IMG]

If you would design a more modern scheme with bended, more aerodynamiccaly conforming, striping, would there be a specialized company to make them ? Second question is how difficult it is to apply these new vinyl striping ?
Simon C. Paul
Maastricht Airport (EHBK/MST)
The Netherlands

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Old 03-07-2020, 04:15 PM
Ralph Inkster Ralph Inkster is offline
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Location: Calgary, Alberta
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Suggest you search out a local vinyl graphics or auto vinyl wrap shop. You could buy the vinyl and tapes from them & they could give you the 10 minute instruction to install it. That simple.
They could pre-cut your curved stripes, or you could do it on the plane (without using a razer blade!) Check out the many YouTube videos out there on car vinyl wrapping.
built a few RVs, rebuilt a few more, hot rodded more, & maintained/updated a big bunch more

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Old 03-07-2020, 04:50 PM
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Dan 57 Dan 57 is offline
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Hi Simon
We have a -7 in the assembly phase on my field.... base paint job, amber-yellowish. Now in the process of applying dynamic flowing lines wrap.
Conceptual design was done in the US, whilst the cutting and delivery done in the „EU“. Application being done locally by the builder and the wrap provider. The whole process ain’t cheap, but
Very good results, though care, time and dust free environment required.
Life's short... Enjoy!

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Old 03-18-2020, 02:30 AM
cattflight cattflight is offline
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Default Knifeless tape

There is a product called "knifeless tape" which is used to cut your vinyl along a line you lay out before laying your vinyl sheets onto the plane. There are a number of online tutorials for how this is done. Some info here.
Paul Catterson
Building Glastar N623PS
Will one day build an RV8
Spokane, WA
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:47 AM
PCHunt PCHunt is offline
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Location: San Diego, CA
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Personal Opinion:

I think your plane is a classic beauty! I wouldn't change a thing.

I currently have an all-white RV-6A, and looking for vinyl ideas. I just might copy yours!

Pete Hunt, [San Diego] VAF #1069
RV-6, RV-6A, T-6G

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Old 03-18-2020, 04:07 AM
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PaulvS PaulvS is offline
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Default Same same

I like the existing paint scheme also, but I guess it's your choice!
Maybe just some new decals or diagonal stripes on the vertical stabiliser would help to fight the boredom?
Paul vS (yes I'm also a Van)
Building RV-6A #22320 O-320 FP. Wings and tail complete, working on fuselage
Flying my Aeroprakt A-22 STOL and the aero club's RV-9A while I build
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