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Post  G.O. Stang Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:27 pm

Picked this shrike up pretty cheap last week. It was dirty and stained. I've taken it upon myself to return it to, near, former glory. It's very difficult to remove the stains since they have to be sanded out and the plastic isn't very thick to begin with. I did my best short of painting it.

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After sanding and polishing(excuse the terrible lighting making it look green.):
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It's not perfect. But it certainly looks better without the majority of the stains.
I've got a new canopy and stickers on the way. All I really need is a new nacelle. The originally one is completely stained and if I sanded it, it would be very thin and fragile.
Anyone got a yellow shrike nacelle?

Oh! And I also need a steering wheel and yellow spinner.
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Post  Mark Boesen Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:10 pm

It looks a lot better, but it's still pretty bad. If i'd known it was in this shape I would of suggested earlier to go ahead and just paint it.
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Post  G.O. Stang Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:14 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:It looks a lot better, but it's still pretty bad. If i'd known it was in this shape I would of suggested earlier to go ahead and just paint it.
I think the odd lighting is making it look a little worse than it is. It looks better in person.
I've still got some work to do on it though.
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Post  WingingIt74 Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:31 pm

Slap it back together and make it a runner and have fun with it Smile
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Post  G.O. Stang Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:38 pm

WingingIt74 wrote:Slap it back together and make it a runner and have fun with it Smile
That's pretty much the plan!
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Post  dckrsn Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:10 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:It looks a lot better, but it's still pretty bad. If i'd known it was in this shape I would of suggested earlier to go ahead and just paint it.
Flat black! Rat proprod. Smoking 
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Post  G.O. Stang Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:24 pm

dckrsn wrote:
Mark Boesen wrote:It looks a lot better, but it's still pretty bad. If i'd known it was in this shape I would of suggested earlier to go ahead and just paint it.
Flat black! Rat proprod. Smoking 
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Paint the wheels black too and put red pin stripes on the tires. Would look good with the red "8" stickers too.
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Post  Mark Boesen Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:56 pm

The flat black would look cool with red wheels and maybe white walls, and maybe slap a rat fink in the cockpit, lol! Of course once you ran it the oil would make it gloss black.
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Post  dckrsn Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:24 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:The flat black would look cool with red wheels and maybe white walls, and maybe slap a rat fink in the cockpit, lol! Of course once you ran it the oil would make it gloss black.
No problem. Flames! Perfect distraction from the oily tail.
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Post  RknRusty Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:38 am

Try setting your camera for indoor incandescent lighting, it may take the green out.

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Post  Ken Cook Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:44 am

I found that Mothers aluminum polish works quite well. I did this on a small Pitts bipe which was white with similar staining. In my situation, it removed much of the staining but I didn't sand . It certainly looked better than when I tried to manually clean with alcohol. Your staining does indeed look pretty bad. Ken
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Post  Kim Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:13 am

When you get this puppy running, some video would be great !!
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Post  G.O. Stang Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:48 am

Ken Cook wrote:         I found that Mothers aluminum polish works quite well. I did this on a small Pitts bipe which was white with similar staining. In my situation, it removed much of the staining but I didn't sand . It certainly looked better than when I tried to manually clean with alcohol. Your staining does indeed look pretty bad. Ken
That's exactly what I used. Works really well. I use it to polish my engines too. Just gotta make sure you give them a bath in fuel after to get the remaining residue off or else the engine could basically destroy itself of any got inside to a wearing surface.

Kim wrote:When you get this puppy running, some video would be great !!
I can certainly do that.
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Post  G.O. Stang Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:20 pm

Got the canopy and stickers in today.

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Just need to replace that Nacelle and get a steering wheel.

Here's the eBay pictures of the condition it was in when I got it.
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Post  dckrsn Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:55 pm

Hey Stang, that's a really cool,
respectable lookin' rod.
I side with the runners as opposed to
the museum pieces.
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Post  daddyo Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:02 pm

When I was in I think 1st grade we had a field trip to the cox factory, and that's the one model, that I remember, seeing there.
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Post  Bill steklenski Fri May 23, 2014 9:25 pm

These Cox Shrikes are actually pretty cool. I just wanted to mention after 25 years plus of auto painting experience sometimes you might be able to wetsand the plastic with 1500 or 2000 grit paper and polish it. There also is Novus plastic polish that works quite well, I used it on the black plastic of the Adam 12 Car. Lets face it, the Nitromethane is a little aggressive on the plastic at times.  Maybe a Krylon spray paint job?  I have a Cox dune blaster that I sprayed with Dupont Axalta Chromapriemer and Nason 496 Clear that holds up very well. Good luck! I love to see these toys being Refurbished.


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Post  David S Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:30 pm

G.O. Stang wrote:Got the canopy and stickers in today.

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First Issue Shrike "Restoration" 07D957EB-908A-4EDB-85B2-DF3548DEFACB

Just need to replace that Nacelle and get a steering wheel.

Here's the eBay pictures of the condition it was in when I got it.
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First Issue Shrike "Restoration" 77BCE2BC-28E5-462B-8788-5F24BDB8CE2B
Where did you buy the canopy for your Shrike?

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