Hello Forum! I've had a negative experience with a local merchant I'd like to share. I live about 30 miles NE of Seattle in a scenic suburb of the city called Bothell. Happily, I found a hobby shop 9 miles away in Redmond, and on my last visit, inquired about any type of spray paint that would not damage the cell structure of Styrofoam, and was directed to an expensive little can, branded "Tamiya Color" and admonished that the danger from spray paints as far as foam structure is concerned, has to do with the propellant in the can, not the paint itself. keep the can far enough away and paint lightly and you'll be fine. Previously, I ruined a set of wings on another plane so to confirm, this brand provided I am not right against it will NOT harm my new plane? "no, you'll be fine". Just to be sure, I used a primer to add a layer of protection and kept the can 18" away from the plane, got one coat on, walked away and when I returned to add more, saw the result in the photo I submit below. The damage isn't that severe, I think it can be saved. What I've decided to do is sand the wings down to fix the damage, then bleed all the gas out of the can of paint then remove the top with a Dremmel and dip it out with a brush, testing it on other foam first. I asked the clerk again and he told me a distance of 3' would be safe. Three Feet! sure it is safe for the foam. you won't get any propellant on there, nor will you get any PAINT EITHER! It's forgivable to not know something and to say so, maybe take it to the next step and tell your customer "I'll find out for you" but quite something else to not have information and volunteer incorrect information anyway. I don't see myself shopping there again. Back in the late 1980s I was involved in the model airplane flying community just north of NYC where I grew up, and it seems the consistency of quality has suffered. More people built their own planes then, mostly it was glow plug NITRO with the COX motors as the most common, one could buy a cox .049 nitro engine for around $30, the only electric motors at the time were on the big RC gliders, they were "Pods" pusher motors placed backwards over the wing running independent and without control for a couple minutes to propel the craft to altitude and then would glide back down, I saw a number of those and "slingshot" style launchers for gliders, several hundred feet of elastic rubber IV tubing. I'm thinking my next craft is going to be a glider. I've been having a devil of a time with my 2 planes over the last month, and I"m starting to become dis-enamored with the amount I am spending of cash and time with disappointing results.
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