Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Estes Nike Smoke #7247 Build, Part 14, Fluorescent Paint

Well, Estes did get the position of the one fluorescent yellow fin correct. With the real rocket horizontal in the cradle, the UNITED STATES is positioned below and to the right of the yellow fin, centered between two fins. 
TIP: Before you mask the fins you should plan ahead for the launch lug and UNITED STATES decal positions. And the obvious - the ESTES logo decal is not scale.

After pulling the tape masks here's how the red/yellow came out. It's actually more red than the picture shows.

The drag with masking this model is you have to go back and re-mask for the single yellow fin.

Notice the positioning of the yellow fin in relation to the launch lug. that effects the UNITED STATES decal position in the next post.


  1. Hey Chris,
    Two questions for you:
    1. Are you using Rustoleum Specialty Fluorescent paint?
    2. Was the base coat on the fins the same gloss white as the rest of the rocket? I sprayed fluorescent paint on a glossy undercoat once and it slid around and cracked! Got better results with a flat undercoat.
    Did you use several light coats, drying in between? How many coats? Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks.

  2. Hi BAR,
    Check the next post for all the answers!