This Sonex airplane was purchased as a kit & built by our client & some of his good friends. He looked upon the staff at Eye Kandi to add some flare by giving this plane a one of a kind look. The client knew exactly what he wanted, he had seen a car we had custom airbrushed realistic fire on at a car show. That was exactly what he wanted. We traveled to the clients location to perform the custom paint job, so he would not have to transport it.
The first thing the client wanted was to have some end caps & the fiberglass nose cone painted with some highly reflective paint so it would blend in with the rest of the polished stainless steel.
After the planes end caps & nose cone were cured, we sanded them back down & prepped them for the new custom airbrushing we were about to put down.
There is something to be said about a rolling canvas, but one that is going to be in the sky? That is just plain cool.
Airbrushed real flames tend to pop off of darker surfaces better, since they are usually really bright in color. So we decided that airbrushing a black sooty / smokey base down first would be ideal for this paint job.
The planes owner wanted the smoke & fire to come from the two holes in the front of the nose cone & trail back with a nice roll down the sides then swoop back up over the planes wings. So we started lay out the black & as we got closer to the edges we put alittle more detail, but also made it a bit more transparent.
The photo below nicely shows the detail & transparency of the sooty smoke.
In the photo below, we are just about done painting all the black that we were going to need on the airplanes body.
Here we are airbrushing in some color to the base of the realistic flames. This is to be our darkest of actual color, this later will turn into the glow that the realistic flames will give off as they blaze.
This is a close up shot of the end of the airbrushed sooty smoke on the side of the plane.
Once we were done with painting in the darkest of the color we proceeded to paint & airbrush in alittle bit brighter of an orange candy for more depth.
Then we painted an even brighter opaque orange & orange candy over that, working in more depth & detail to the airbrushed fire.
As we worked the multiple layers of paint we got tighter with the detail.
Below is a photo showing it after we started painting in with a yellow, that really gave the fire its true depth.
More candy. More paint. More layers. More depth.
In the next few photos we really brightened up some of the hottest spots of the true fire by airbrushing a yellow white mixture & then almost a pure white mixture.
Then the parts of the airplane that had received the new custom true fire were clear coated to protect the art work.
During the photo shooting of this plane the sky had a nice even blanket of clouds acrossed it, which is usually ideal for shooting larger objects outside such as this one. In this case, it didn’t let you see how tranparent the edges of the sooty smoke & the realistic flames really are. Also makes it look like there is alot more black surrounding the fire than there really is. In the black is actually alot of a really dark yet transparent red & deep orange. When the sun is blaring the fire really lights up.
Q: Can Eye Kandi travel to another location to execute a custom paint job on an airplane, even if it is far away?
A: Yes, We can travel to another location to execute a custom paint job on your plane.
When this Sonex plane with its new real fire custom paint job swoops in to touch down at an air strip, you can just image what people think.
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