Good Morning Everybody!
I’m sure that you have heard about the massive tornado that went through Oklahoma City and Moore yesterday. Fortunately, it was about 6 miles north of us, and we barely got any rain. The center of it went a mile south of my parents, who were in their storm cellar, and ½ mile north of my brother’s. He said that they watched it coming and could tell it was going to miss them, so they watched it from their front yard. He said that he has a lot of cleanup to do because there is small debris everywhere, but that he suffered no damaged. As you have seen many, many people were not so fortunate.
The amazing thing about this storm is that a news helicopter was filming it as it grew from a wall cloud, formed a few small funnels, which bounced up and down before reaching the ground. The tornado then went up and down a few times before staying on the ground, at which point it just started growing and growing, and you could see debris flying everywhere. It was sad, because already there was massive destruction, and this all happened in a short period of time right as it was starting to get to south Oklahoma City and Moore, so you knew what was going to happen. At first I was worried about my parents, but it went more east than northeast (which was good for them but bad because whenever tornados “take a right turn” they get bigger). With the great radar they have these days and the video, you knew exactly where the storm was, and where it was heading, more or less. With my parents safe, I really started worrying about my brother, because the beast was making a beeline to his house. I called him to warn him and he was outside watching it. Even as I talked to him he wasn’t sure if he was going to have to jump in the cellar or not. Before we hung up he said the he thought they were going to dodge a bullet, and he was right, it drifted a little north and he was spared. My heart goes out to all of those poor people, and to make it worse, it’s raining again.
Of far less import (and I almost feel guilty writing this knowing what so many people just minutes away are going through), before the storms, I decided to lay out a template for painting the anti-skid s surface, so I printed the plans to scale, and starting with the forward section taped it over some 3M “EdgeLock” masking tape applied to a flat metal bar…
…And cut out the anti-skid area.
I did the same for the aft end.
I then removed the tape and plans and put the cutout masking tape pieces in their proper locations, and laid straight pieces of the masking tape between the ends on both sides.
After a trip to the hobby store, where I looked at various colors of black, I decided to use Model Master Acrylic “Aircraft Interior Black” to paint the anti-skid area. So when I got home I gave it two coats.
An hour or so later, I removed the masking tape.
As you can see from the close-up shots, my inexperience at modeling once again revealed itself, as there are a few places where the Interior Black seeped under the masking tape. I thought the expensive 3M “EdgeLock” was supposed to prevent that. In any case, now I have to try to correct it, and I’m not sure of the best way to go about it. I’m thinking that perhaps I can wet sand the non-anti-skid areas with 1000 grit sandpaper, but I’m afraid this would scuff up the surface which I definitely don’t want. If I go this route, I will do my touchup painting with the flat black first. So close, yet so far.
The other thing I did yesterday is to try to make a template for the hull number, in the same manner that I used previously. I only did one, and I’m not sure that I like it, so I went to 3 stores looking for ¼” decals without success. A brief search on the internet failed as well, so I guess I will make a few of them and pick the best two. In any case, getting the cutouts for the 4 and 6 properly located will be challenging.