Home > VansAirForceForums

- Donate yearly (please).
- Advertise in here!

- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Go Back   VAF Forums > Model Specific > RV-8/8A
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-05-2006, 05:02 PM
Kitfoxbill Kitfoxbill is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 81
Default Labeling panel and switches

Does anyone have a good way to label the switches on the panel and side switch rest?
Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2006, 05:46 PM
Ironflight's Avatar
Ironflight Ironflight is offline
VAF Moderator / Line Boy
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dayton, NV
Posts: 11,787

There have been quite a few good posts in the forums on this in the past, so I bet if you search on "Labels", you'll get a lot of good ideas.

I went with a Brother labeler (black on clear, or white on clear tape) because I had the feeling that the labels might change as the work and testing went on - and I was right. Certainly is not as fancy as engraving the panels, or silk-screening, but unless you look really close, you can't see th tape, and if I do need to change something, it is quick and easy.

Paul F. Dye
Editor in Chief - KITPLANES Magazine
RV-8 - N188PD - "Valkyrie"
RV-6 (By Marriage) - N164MS - "Mikey"
RV-3B - N13PL - "Tsamsiyu"
A&P, EAA Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor
Dayton Valley Airpark (A34)
Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2006, 06:00 PM
DeltaRomeo's Avatar
DeltaRomeo DeltaRomeo is offline
Your host.
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Highland Village, TX
Posts: 3,845

Bill, Paul is right....those switches have a tendency to change. I used a P-touch and black on clear tape (pic below).
doug reeves.
Organ donor card signed (use anything you need).
RV-6 flying since '02.
- Commercial Rating (2019 - in the RV!)
- IFR Rating (2015 - in the RV!)
Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2006, 06:25 PM
fodrv7's Avatar
fodrv7 fodrv7 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Torquay, Victoria, Australia
Posts: 826
Default Stick On

If you do them in Adobe Illustrator and place a black box around the label you can ask the printer to make the cutout line of the clear tape co-incident with the black box and the clear tape is then not apparent.
Peter James.
Australia Down Under.
Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2006, 06:56 PM
szicree szicree is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SoCal
Posts: 2,061

Ooh, I like the idea from down under! My P-touch will make those little boxes as well and I guess I could just do the cutting with the scissors. By the way, am I the only one who thinks the name "p-touch" is a little weird? Sounds like some type of codeword you'd use at the massage parlor.
Steve Zicree
Fullerton, Ca. w/beautiful 2.5 year old son
RV-4 99% built and sold
Rag and tube project well under way

paid =VAF= dues through June 2013
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2006, 11:00 AM
gorbak gorbak is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 319
Default Extra strength tape

Be sure to order the extra strength tape for your Brothers label maker. I ended up replacing all my labels after a very hot day in the garage.

Pat Garboden
Ozark, MO
RV9-A 942WG (reserved)
RV9-A 942PT (reserved)
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2006, 12:04 PM
thallock thallock is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Austin, Tx
Posts: 333

I'm a long ways from doing my panel, but I have done a fair amount of experimentation on this subject. I tried several methods of printing using an inkjet printer, including clear labels, normal paper, and photo paper. The clear labels were more translucent than transparent. The photo paper allowed colored labels that looked like an engraved plastic name tag. I had a few tests that produced nearly acceptable results, but I could see the edges of the labels, so I looked at other options.

I thought doing my own silkscreen would be nice, and I experimented with the PhotoEZ stuff at:

This works, but I have still not gotten consistent perfect results. Pretty good, but not perfect.

Then, I got a link off of a thread in this forum to Mark and Dave's RV at:

They seemed to be pretty happy with the DecalPro stuff at:

I bought their PCB package and got great results doing Printed circuit boards. Then I bought their normal Decal transfer stuff, and done a bit of experimentation. I am still working on the process, since I almost always loose a part of a character or two in the transfer, but I am pretty sure that I will go with this.

BTW, with all of my experiments, I have spent way more money than if I had just let a professional do this for me, but then I like the experimentation part.

Tracy Hallock
Austin, Tx
RV-7(EH) - Fuselage
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2006, 03:20 PM
aparchment's Avatar
aparchment aparchment is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: South Hamilton, MA
Posts: 517
Default Dymo

Anyone know how the Dymo label material holds up? I was thinking of using the clear tape with black lettering, then clearing over it.
Empenage complete, wings complete, tip-up canopy complete, starting wiring ...
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2006, 06:27 AM
gpiney gpiney is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The Beautiful NJ Shore
Posts: 409

I feel the cheapest, easiest way to 'professional' looking labels is to make your own using print-your-own decal sheets.

You can use pretty much any word processor to create them. You can test print as many times as you need on plain paper before commiting to the actual decal sheets. I know one guy who color printed his labels on plain paper then took that sheet and a decal sheet to Staples and had the plain paper copied onto the decal sheet with a color laser for less than 1$.
Greg Piney
RV-8 2547
Empennage Done!
Beginning Fuselage Final Assembly!
(Tub finished, on to Landing Gear).
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2006, 11:24 AM
thallock thallock is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Austin, Tx
Posts: 333


Thanks, I'll have to give that a try. These experiments are starting to get expensive.

Tracy Hallock
Austin, Tx
RV-7(EH) - Fuselage
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:08 PM.

The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.