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Ken Martin

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Our air fleet may be a little dated, but it is growing.

Scroll Saw Magic P-51 Mustang 

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Very nice I like the paint job. Are they made of wood or mdf? Tony
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Wow. These are fantastic. I love the photo shots.
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Hi Tony and John Thanks for the nice words about FuzzyDuck's Fleet. Tony; all four planes are made of MDF. I like to use MDF when I first build a project. The two P-51 Mustangs and the Pink Bi-Plane were primed with 2 coats of Krylon spray white primer, sanding between each coat and then finished with two coats Krylon pink and purple spray gloss, sanding between the 1st and 2nd coat of paint. For protection I used one coat of Minwax Indoor/Outdoor Helmsman Spar Urethane brushed on, and the final coat is Cynthia's Beeswax & Mineral Oil finish. I love using the beeswax for the toys because it will not leave finger prints every time someone touches it. Note: Yesterday I carried the P-51 with Red body and White wings with me to several Dr's appointments, and got 3 potential sales, I always carry business cards as well. Not Bad for just carrying the plane around with me during the day. The Blue Bi-Plane was an experiment. I primed the body with wood glue and water, but the wings were done as above. I put a puddle of wood glue on waxed paper then using a brush, brushed it on small sections of the plane at a time, then would dip the brush in water and smooth it out. Must be careful to cover everything, because it is easy to miss a spot. If you miss a spot you have to go back later to recover and wait again for it the glue to dry before painting. Also, it is not good to get water on the MDF edges before the glue, be careful with that. Painting and finishing was done the same as on the pink plane. I experimented with the glue because I am not a real good spray painter when there are a lot of tight corners and edges. Seems I am always getting to much or to little paint somewhere. With the glue and water I was able to apply it just where I wanted it to go and in the right amount. Anyway, fun experiment, and it seems to have turned out OK. Ken & Susie FuzzyDuck Creations See is at ETSY.com. Shop name is FuzzyDuck Creations.

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Ken, these do look fantastic like John said. The finish/shine is outstanding, store quality. Thanks for sharing the detail on your painting process and I really like your method of glue/water for the edges of the MDF. I am sure your info will help a lot of the toy makers who are experiencing the same problem with MDF edges. Thanks again for sharing.
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they look great and very cool painted well done
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Your glue and water is more than OK. It's a great finish. I am so glad I found this forum. The glue and water thing I am going to try this weekend. And I am going to pick up some of that MDF. I have good luck with the Danish wood project panels from Home Depot. I will check out what MDF is. Roe.
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hi martin did see them in your shop very nice the paint has come up realy great .to roe and milly in the uk you can buy moisture resistant mdf it is sometimes green but a sealer is added to it to stop the wet getting to it.it seem to cut very nice and you don't seem to need to prime it before painting i'm sure there mast be some thing like that in the usa?
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Wow! These are amazing. What great talent! Their beautiful! To bad they don't fly [smile]
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Ken, the only thing I can say about these planes is "WOW!" - Lloyd
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Very amazing planes! You do great work.
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What exactly are the issues with MDF edges?
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AdamR-NY, if you get water on the edges of MDF it will act like a sponge and swell up and quite quickly.

That is also what makes the edges difficult to paint unless you seal first as Ken mentions - because you can easily waste most of your expensive paint as it gets slurped up without actually giving you a finish.

Shellac is also really useful for doing the same thing - it will seal and can be sanded smooth as required before you paint/finish.

Ken, they are awesome looking planes there, my friend [thumb]

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Hi Ken
Great job on the planes, the paint jobs are awesome. I have a question on your crisp lines between two colours, how they are made? and different colours for different parts, were they painted before assembly?
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Hi Keith

Thanks for the nice words about the Air Fleet.

When I am spray painting, I always mask off the areas that will be glued together to protect them from the paint so we will be gluing wood to wood.

Tip:  John the owner gave me a great tip one day about using auto pin stripping tape for masking tape for small parts.  Like the dowel ends that will be inserted into the wings.  This stuff is great because it is flexible and will stay where you put it.

All the planes in my post were painted before assembly.

I did have to change my paint process on the last Bi-Plane I built because the US Postal Service damaged it so badly; I wanted to make it stronger where the bottom wing joined the body.

I mounted the bottom wing to the body and put in ¼” dowels thru the wing into the body to straighten it.  This meant that the assembly had to be painted after I put it together.  Also the customer wanted a darker brown paint on the struts and propeller than I could find a spray for.

Solution:  Paint the bottom wing and body with Krylon spray paint, then put the struts into the top wing and mask them off and spray the wing.  Then I brush painted the darker brown paint on the struts by hand.  Then because the wings needed another coat of paint after they were assembled I used the Delicate Surface Yellow Frogtape to mask the struts to protect them from overspray.  This added several steps but the Frogtape worked really well.

After all the spray painting was done I took off all the masking tape and clear coated the whole plane, and then used Cynthia’s beeswax to protect it from fingerprints.

We shipped this plane Photo attached last week and it arrived OK this time.

Hope this makes some since, if not feel free to post any questions again here on the forum or you can e-mail me at: kenmartin4141@gmail.com.

Everyone on the forum will be glad to help in any way they can. 

Good luck and post your finished “Toymakingplans.com” work to the forum so we can all see and learn from you.


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