In the January Electric Flight column “Custom Corner,” we show you how to make a curved checkerboard design that you can easily apply to your aircraft. Here we show you how to add a standard checkerboard pattern to a wing. This design is a little simpler, but it still has a big impact on the color scheme. Enjoy.
We start the same way by spraying the glass with window cleaner, then removing the backing from the Ultracote and then pressing it down on the glass. This will keep the covering in place while cutting out the checkerboard.
Lay down a ruler and start cutting out the strips going one way. Fortunately for me, the width of my ruler was perfect for the size of the checkerboard I wanted to make. After making one cut I would place the opposite edge of the ruler on the cut as a guide to keep the ruler parallel to the previous cut. Then make another cut and move on down across the covering until all of my cuts going in that direction were finished.
Now, line up your ruler ninety degrees to the other cuts, you can use anything that is square for this, I used a CD case. Then start making all your other cuts going ninety degrees from the previous cut across the covering. (There is no photo showing this step.)
After you are done making all the cuts in both directions across the covering, start pulling off every other square until all you have left is a checkerboard design on the glass.
Now, laid down the Press-N-Seal over the checkerboard and press on all the squares so that they stick to the Press -N-Seal. Remove them from the glass and place them in position on the wing. Follow the same procedures outlined in the article about sealing them down onto the wing with a heat iron.
Here is the finished wing with the square checkerboard on it. As you can see this really does add to the color scheme of the aircraft.
Here are the two planes side-by-side and you can easily tell your plane from all the rest that are in the air. The checkerboard design is a good color scheme for just about any aircraft (except maybe scale), to make it more visible in the sky. Be sure to try out this easy add-on to your next plane.