Myk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2729 times:
Just wanted to know how to bring some beatifull paintshemes like the Frontier animals or others on a tail ?
I always asked myself how they paint a Tail so that every plane of an airline looks exactly the same way than the other.
Perhaps a stupid question, but I really have no answer.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17309 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
I watched a documentary on the Discovery Channel (where else ) which mentioned that many elaborate liveries (the example used was the China Airlines orchid) are painted free-hand. I guess stencils are also used to a degree.
If you think about it, the designs are so large that a small deviation won't be noticed anyway.
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AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2567 times:
Dont forget that the rudder needs to be balanced while painting the tail. Of course the rudder is off of the tail while this is happening. This has to be weighed prior to putting the rudder back on the tail. All the paints have to weigh equally throughout the rudder.
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EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
I'm almost certain that both Delta, and Frontier do this for their tails
Delta's tails are PAINTED. Its actually a pretty easy paint job up close, but when you step back it looks more like a waving flag.
Frontiers tails are actually photographs. The image is transferred on to a 'sticker' and it is placed on the tail in sections, then edge sealed. It is the exact same process that several delivery and service vehicles are using now as rolling advertising.
[Edited 2004-03-01 21:25:11]
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SkydrolBoy From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2167 times:
Actually the rudder doesnt always have to be removed and balanced for paint. There is a math calculation that can be done for adding weight to the rudder with out having to remove it. Where I work it only depends on how many previous layers of paint are on the rudder, If its only one or two layers we just paint over it with the rudder installed on the A/C.