Re: paint color

Robert Bounds

Enough! Don't paint your airplane anything but white. The Lancair wing is far different from ours. They are made up of parts that are vacuum bagged and autoclaved at an elevated temperature using prepreg glass. Rutan designed the moldless method using a common, economical foam and room temperature cure epoxy specifically for the homebuilder. One of the compromises is that our epoxy has a much lower TG and our foam has a lower melting point. I like red airplanes but I I chose to build a Rutan airplane and they are white. Period. (Sorry for the rant)

----- Original Message -----
From: uncleducati
To: Q-LIST@...
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 10:51 PM
Subject: [Q-LIST] Re: paint color

What is the structural difference between our wings and the factory Lancair, which is red? The way I understand it they would both experience roughly the same structural forces, possibly higher on the Lancair due to the increased weight and speed. I looked at the temperature graph in the Q2 manual, and if it's close to linear, the ambient temperature where peak surface temperature would possibly begin to deform the wing with red paint would be ~130 degrees F with still air and direct sunlight with no cover, are my calculations correct?

--- In Q-LIST@..., Sam Hoskins <sam.hoskins@...> wrote:
> The objective reference is Burt Rutan.
> "How can you tell if a wing has received sun-related structural damage?"
> Good question - you can't, at least until it's too late.
> Stick with the plan, man.
> Sam Hoskins
> Q-200

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