Microaces is the latest company name on the lips of micro plane enthusiasts and hobbyists around the globe. The UK-based business, that offers a range of micro scale aircraft kits designed for four-channel radio control, was launched in September 2012 by Jon Porter and Simon Barr, who both have a passion for aviation history and micro scale radio control aircraft.
Researched, designed and produced with aviation enthusiasts in mind, each plane is a close replica of a specific aircraft that was flown by an individual pilot during World War II, and inherited many of the characteristics of its full scale counterpart. The kits, which include replicas of the Focke-Wulf 190, P51 Mustang and ‘Battle of Britain’ Spitfire Spitfire Mk1a military aircraft, are a big step up from traditional methods of micro scale radio control model construction. It employs unique materials, innovative components and a comprehensive construction guide to ensure a successful build and end result.
Putting the ‘ace’ in Microaces
To separate itself from what is already a big market offering, Microaces wanted to develop and introduce a new covering material to give their kits a unique method of construction and incredibly detailed finish.
One of Microaces’ key differentiators is the detailed high resolution graphics of its planes. And, to ensure these graphics are on par with the real thing, the company devised a new method of assembly and partnered with Lintec Graphic Films to develop a new covering film – separating these premium model aircrafts from the rest of its competitors.
It was imperative that the film for Microaces’ aircraft ticked a number of boxes. It had to be lightweight to maximise aircraft performance, allow graphics to be printed in a very high resolution, needed to be stable with minimum stretch to maximise the aircraft strength, adhere to a difficult application surface and be easy to handle.
After carefully considering possible suppliers, Microaces decided to work with Lintec Graphic Films to create the ideal material. Jon Porter explains: “We wanted to work with a supplier that would understand our business and appreciate our requirements, and found this with Lintec Graphic Films. They bent over backwards to help us design a self adhesive film that perfectly complements the rest of the aircraft, and their specialist product development team walked the extra mile to ensure we could produce the best possible end-product. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”
The companies worked closely together to design a lightweight self adhesive film that is easy to handle, exceptionally strong and allowing for high resolution graphics to be printed. This included developing a unique adhesive system that perfectly adheres to the planes’ highly textured low surface energy Depron® Foam construction.
Jon concludes: “The film allows us to include even the minutest detail into our graphics and behaves ideally to assist the aircraft builder. I am extremely pleased with the end result, and the feedback we’ve already had from customers around the world is testimony to the high quality of the film they have created for us. Lintec Graphic Films has proved the perfect partner for us and I look forward to continue this relationship with them in the foreseeable future.”