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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:21 am

I followed this for a couple of ebay cycles and when the seller dropped the price to $39.95 I made a bid and "won" it.  I have seen worse lookers go for more.  It looks like the exact same model as Wen Mac's airacobra P=39 except for the paint job.  



Looking at the side decal it seems like it hasn't been disassembled, a good thing.



But, it has lost a lot of the "cheezy" chrome finish, so I will probably use Marks method of bagging it with some brake fluid to remove what's left and then repaint with a plastic based silver.

Worst part is - the four bladed prop is busted, I have wanted a model with a four blade for quite some time now.



More fun ahead putting this model back together
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Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:51 am

Nice!

I Wonder if a hair dryer could help remove those decals?

If you have a airbrush, there a company call Alcad thats makes a really good chrome paint, its not cheep and takes some work, black base coat, chrome, clear coat, etc... But you may be ok with just a can of Rustoleum chrome and a can of gloss clear for a clearcoat.
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Post  Mudhen on Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:16 am

Easy-Off oven cleaner will remove the chrome without difficulty and without infusing or damaging the plastic.
Wear gloves and a facemask. Have a well ventilated area to work in. Spray on a thick coat.
It usually takes no more than 30 minutes to remove the chrome. In more difficult areas where the chrome has pooled,
or in corners, you may have to use more than one application, but in my opinion it works best.
After using Easy-Off, wash the plastic with Dawn dishwashing liquid and warm water. Completely flush the Easy-off from the plastic.
If you intend to re-chrome the model yourself, I suggest polishing the plastic before applying the chrome.
If you want the model re-chromed, I suggest: http://www.chrometechusa.com/
You will have to clean, polish, prepare and mount the plastic for chroming, but they do excellent work.
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Post  stuntflyr on Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:01 pm

Thanks for the suggestion on the chromer, Mudhen.

I have a four blader for you, RSV. Send me a PM.

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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:51 pm

Thanks Chris, PM sent.

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Post  Forgetful John on Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:55 pm

That's the one!  I stand corrected on my recent introduction.  See, told y'all I was forgetful.

My Father was holding the control handle and I started the engine, released the plane, forgot to step back and got knocked down when it came around and hit me in the elbow.  

The third picture down, the one with the propeller nut and washer is what I think I saw when it hit me, as it came around in full hue and cry.  But it didn't break the prop.  Very creepy picture when I saw that.

Seems the "chrome" started coming off after the first start.

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Post  KariFS on Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:06 pm

Here's one for sale on a Finnish auction site:

http://www.huuto.net/kohteet/p-63-kingcopra-lennokki-osto-ja-myyntiliike-tarvasjoki/353005747

I didn't know these were ever imported to Finland. The seller staes that the engine is stuck at the moment but he has had it operational before, so it is probably just gummed up with castor oil.
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Post  stuntflyr on Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:26 pm

79 euro minimum bid is a little steep, but it looks like a very nice model.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:42 pm

I didn't have any oven cleaner so I used Mark's suggestion to use brake fluid to remove the silver from the King Cobra and it worked really well.  I tried it on the belly pan first which was about 85% silver, 3% hardened castor and the rest just raw plastic.  It took off all of the silver but isn't the magic bullet for castor.





I will coat the rest of the parts with a paint brush, then wrap it in a plastic bag.

Just for giggles I tried sandblasting (aluminum oxide) this over the hill Wen Mac SNJ, and it turned out well. No damage to the plastic or detail. But, this seems to be a different plastic than the King Cobra's.



It took about a minute to get this result.
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