Brother Label Maker or Set of labels from ACS?

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1. Jul 15, 2015

Vision_2012

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Which would one prefer: Brother Label Maker or Set of labels (like AP-1BC) from ACS?
I was looking at the PT-P700 from Amazon at $47. I need to detail my instrument panel. This could also label wires. Any pros/cons? How permanent would these labels be? Thanks. 2. Jul 15, 2015 Wanttaja Wanttaja Well-Known Member Joined: Sep 15, 2013 Messages: 1,225 Likes Received: 1,392 Location: Seattle, WA I used the Brother unit, been 2-3 years now, no problems. Ron Wanttaja Rockiedog2 likes this. 3. Jul 15, 2015 Dana Dana Super Moderator Joined: Apr 4, 2007 Messages: 8,546 Likes Received: 2,962 Location: CT, USA I've had good results with the label maker. In the old days we used to use Letraset transfer letters (do they make them any more?) on R/C models... looks nice but tedious and you have to spray on a clearcoat to protect them. Dana 4. Jul 15, 2015 Rockiedog2 Rockiedog2 Well-Known Member Joined: Dec 12, 2012 Messages: 2,266 Likes Received: 1,591 Wanttaja is that a Flybaby? did you build it? I like that it looks like it gets used and not pampered too much. They get character like that. Sorry, didn't mean to get off topic...was overcome about the plane for a minute. 5. Jul 15, 2015 Hosebomber Hosebomber Active Member Joined: Feb 11, 2014 Messages: 37 Likes Received: 14 Location: Tehachapi, CA They will last for a very long time if coated with edge sealer likeTHIS Vision_2012 likes this. 6. Jul 16, 2015 Vigilant1 Vigilant1 Well-Known Member Joined: Jan 24, 2011 Messages: 3,874 Likes Received: 1,709 Location: US Be sure not to use a label that uses heat to make the characters. Airplane cockpits get plenty hot--I've seen some labeling jobs that turned 100% black in the heat. 7. Jul 16, 2015 Blue Chips Blue Chips Well-Known Member Joined: Oct 15, 2014 Messages: 370 Likes Received: 76 Location: Mount Gilead Ohio, USA With the proper and available material, Inkjets make some very nice labels and decals, that may be worth a look see. 8. Jul 16, 2015 Wanttaja Wanttaja Well-Known Member Joined: Sep 15, 2013 Messages: 1,225 Likes Received: 1,392 Location: Seattle, WA Breathe deep, dude, relax. Yes, it's my Fly Baby. I didn't build it...I'm the fourth owner. Bought it with 100 hours TT and 25 SMOH, almost 20 years ago. Cost me$10,000 (in 1996), and my annual maintenance costs have typically run \$250 or so (more expensive this year, new exhaust system).

Sad to say, Moonraker often gets rode hard and put up wet. I'm not big on cosmetics, and I'm quite happy to alter the plane to work and fit better.

Click the "Pictures" link to see a lot of Fly Babies....

Ron Wanttaja

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9. Jul 16, 2015

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Modern round bales of hay behind a Fly-Baby, The shame. Should be hay shocks when you put up hay with a pitch-fork.
I think this old farm boy is going to be sick. Yes, I tell you , I'm going to be sick.

Dan

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10. Jul 16, 2015

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I think the dry grass just naturally curled up into the fetal position when they saw how awesome that Fly Baby is...

I'm biased (of course). I can understand the attraction of a nice modern sport plane, with fancy electronics and mile-o-meters that go ClickClickClickClick at cruise. I've got respect for those who chose that route.

But for me, give me rag wings, an open cockpit, and a helmet and goggles for the slipstream to caress. **** the miles disappearing behind, **** the minutes ticking down on some fancy in-cockpit Xbox . Give me air below, delicate wings stretching to either side, and an unobstructed view of Pluto by leaning back onto the headrest.

Been flying Fly Babies for about 30 years, now. Don't think I'm likely to change.

Ron "And one of these years I'll figure out how to fly it" Wanttaja

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11. Jul 16, 2015

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STOP! Turn away! If you look at Fly Baby pictures too long you'll meet your doom on Sirenum Scopuli.

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Don't worry, Fritz! Relief is on the way!

Ron Wanttaja

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13. Jul 16, 2015

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LOL, ...I know when I've been beaten.

Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
(Fly Baby)

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14. Jul 16, 2015

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Those aren't hay bales, they're "cow-coons". They are what cows turn into in the winter. In the spring, they emerge as cows once again to complete the cycle. :silly:

Marty

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15. Jul 16, 2015

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If this is what happens when I post questions, I will do more.
The Flybaby would be my No 1 choice if I wanted a single place.

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16. Jul 16, 2015

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You guys gave me a good chuckle.

For that classic "retro" homebuilt look, how about a Dymo label maker? I have heard that the new little machines are not very good, but they still use the same plastic tape and you should be able to find an older machine at a flea market or garage sale without too much trouble.

17. Jul 17, 2015

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The one thing I remember about the Dymo tape was that it had a tendency to curl up after it was applied. The closer you were to the end of the spool, the worse the condition was. And because of the raised letters, there was less surface area bonding the tape down which meant they would tend to lift from the surface. If you could remove the curl using low heat, and with a good adhesive you might wind up with some pretty indestructible labels.

Marty

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I suppose running aluminum duct tape through a regular Dymo tape embosser would just make a mess? ...probably too soft.

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