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This is an award I was asked to build and paint. I don't have a good place to paint, no spray booth, so that means rattle can outside. I don't mind spraying clear lacquer in my shop but I don't want paint overspray on everything. Honestly, I don't want to do any of this but they needed it quickly and I agreed - ugh!

The flames are painted with an air brush so that was done in the shop under better conditions but painting a Pine board in rattle can black gloss isn't easy. I started to run a long hose outside and use my HVLP gun but thought I'd give this a shot. It came out ok if you don't look very closely. They'll cover the entire front with brass 1" x 3" name plates of the winners of the contest this represents anyway so the black not being perfect shouldn't matter. The piece is 56" tall and 12" wide.

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Finished piece -


Enjoy!
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that should get some attention...
 
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Nice job, but surprising. The military does have carpenters and engineers, and I have never heard of anything along these lines done anywhere except 'in-house'.
 
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Pretty darn good for rattle can painting. Is it a bobming range/school?
Thanks, Tom! It's 2 coats of primer and about 4 coats of gloss black, wet sanded between each coat. The closer you get the worse it looks - everything has a proper viewing distance. You're out west, right? That's a good viewing distance - LOL!

Nice job, but surprising. The military does have carpenters and engineers, and I have never heard of anything along these lines done anywhere except 'in-house'.
Thanks, Theo! BAFB has a hobby shop complete with CNC and laser engraving but I often quote jobs they can't do or won't do. I didn't ask if the hobby shop quoted on this one.

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Thanks, Theo! BAFB has a hobby shop complete with CNC and laser engraving but I often quote jobs they can't do or won't do. I didn't ask if the hobby shop quoted on this one.
Well, it's been all day since I retired, and things do change. They had hobby shops when I was in, but just for troop use, they didn't do any repairs, sign making, or whatever. All the bases I was on had carpenter sections, for making repairs, and whatall, and they would have done things like you did, for no cost, wouldn't have farmed anything out. But, as I said, things change, and sounds like you have a good deal going there.
 
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Nice job David . Pretty impressive work on the flames considering what your up against .
I think it would have been neat if it had fins on the sides and one in the middle . Just a thought
 

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BAFB? Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, LA? My father was stationed there during the big one.
Yes sir, that's the one. Thank you for his service!!

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