Refinish a Foam Warbird – Ep2 FMS P-51

Fill, sand and repeat…

Continuing with refinishing our FMS P-51, in this installment we’re smoothing out the entire airframe including filling in all of the oversized panel lines.  From there we’re applying our protective coats of polycrylic which will provide our surface in which we can do our paint preparation.  If you missed my build review and paint stripping methods, you can catch that here.  Let’s get to it!

FILLER TIME!

It’s no secret, the panel lines on these foam warbirds are huge.  When I took on this project, I knew that was one of the first things I wanted to rectify.  The overall shape looks so good, smoothing out the finish would only make it look that much better.  So, enter Continue reading

How to Refinish a Foam Warbird – Ep1 FMS P-51

When did foam become the new balsa wood?!?

Ever since getting to ride in Ken Wagoners’ Lady Alice P-51, I’ve had to have a P-51 in my hangar and it has to be painted up as Lady Alice!  Anything I can do to relive that amazing experience…which of course would mostly consist of me pushing the airplane around my garage while making airplane noises!  I wouldn’t have it any other way!  If you missed my post and video from that day, you can read about it here.  Be sure to check the video too as it was a beautiful day for flying!

So, enter the FMS P-51.  I had been shopping around for a P-51 for a while and had been eyeing this foamy for some time.  A friend of mine is a master when it comes to foam and I’ve always wanted to use his technique on refinishing a foam airframe.  So, when the FMS P-51 came up on sale at MotionRC, I bit the bullet and picked one up.  Mostly, I liked the size (able to transport easily in one piece), the outline looked good and it had a cool scale 4-blade prop (though, I upgraded to something better and more scale).  Also, you get an all inclusive package with servos, motor and ESC.  However, it is indeed EPO foam, and though the finish is nice, you get big panel lines and some foam texture; nothing that can’t be remedied through some elbow grease and the right materials.  So over the next few weeks, I will be showing the method I’m using to completely refinish a foam warbird while also showing some of the upgrades done as well.

BUILD REVIEW

As mentioned, the FMS P-51 is Continue reading