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Post  coxaddict on Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:03 pm


Found this beer carrier for less than 4 bucks at Goodwill. Want to modify to make a starter box for 1/2 A planes.
Will use 12 volt 5AH battery and Duratrax mini power panel. The bonus is the bottle opener! drunken
Question, what type of paint would be resistant to glow fuel?
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:38 pm

Maybe marine grade clear varnish?
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Post  coxaddict on Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:15 pm

That would look cool, I'll see if I can get some.
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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:16 pm

Hobby Poxy two part paint if it was still available, although some may be hanging around or a similar substitute. Rod may be on to something though. But it seems that I have seen a two part epoxy paint available in the boat industry.

I used it (Hobby Poxy) to paint a model some 40 years ago and today it still looks like new.

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Post  getback on Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:23 pm

Poly urethane (spar) i have had this on mine for 30+ years with no problems , my starter caddy has the same and has been sprayed many a times . Are those joints Glued also ? Huh...
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Post  pkrankow on Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:15 pm

Polyurethane is very fuel resistant.

Good score.

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Post  coxaddict on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:37 pm

Glued and nailed. Water based poly? Shucks my battery just a hair too thick to fit between dividers.
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Post  pkrankow on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:50 pm

Stinky polyurethane. Water based poly washes off with alcohol which is a primary ingredient in our fuel.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:56 pm

getback wrote:Poly urethane (spar) i have had this on mine for 30+ years with no problems , my starter caddy has the same and has been sprayed many a times . Are those joints Glued also ? Huh...

I agree. Thos is what you want to use. It's the best stuff

OTOH you can get away with just plain stain. Unless you plan on shooting leftover fuel from your syringe into the box.
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Post  roddie on Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:47 pm

I was going to mention Minwax "Helmsman" spar-urethane. It's good stuff. Indoor/outdoor.. and tough as nails. It may "yellow" that unstained wood though.. so you might want to apply some Minwax wood-stain before applying the urethane.

It's too bad your battery won't fit.. but it's pretty big (and heavy..) for such a small tote. Here's an idea that could work for you. Buy a pair of 6V "ALKALINE" lantern batteries and wire them in series with a short jumper-wire. That will provide 12V for your little panel.. and will last for quite a while. A 6V lantern battery is 2.5" square. A pair (standing) "side by side" requires 5-1/4" x 2.5" of area. They're 4.5" tall including the spring-contacts. You could tape them together to make a block and secure them to the inside-wall with a bungee-strap. Cut-in your little panel just above them on the side without the bottle-opener.. (you gotta' keep that bottle-opener).. Smile
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Post  coxaddict on Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:46 am

Ordered this on th'bay today
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Product Dimensions: 3.80" x 1.70" x 2.0"
Should fit perfectly
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Post  NEW222 on Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:13 pm

Good score. I also like your power panel. I picked one up identical last year and it has been a very nice little panel when I use it with no problems. I also like the little led light to tell you if your plug is good or bad too.
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Post  coxaddict on Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:07 am

Thanks New222,
Question, should I put a fuse inline if I want to run a 1/2A electric starter? Can it be done as the instructions doesn't mention that. Still waiting on my new battery. Neutral
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Post  getback on Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:41 am

Kem Cook had spoke of putting a fuse in the power wire to the panel , i don't have one in mine but i have burnt up one panel in 30 yrs. Huh...
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Post  KariFS on Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:40 am

I would put a fuse on it. 10 amp or so, so that the fuse is rated way above anything that you will run, but just in case there's a shortcut somewhere it will protect your wiring and the battery. Just keep a few spare fuses in the box too Smile
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