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 Posted: Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 01:43 pm
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Stephen Hankes
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This is way overdue....  
Fandango was a really great first fan event for me.  My heartfelt thanks to Mike and Pam for hosting and for all those that helped to make it such a fun day.  It was a pleasure to meet face to face with names that have become somewhat familiar to me over the past year.

I had displayed a few alt color, mid-century fans at Fandango (3 to be exact).  There seemed to be a fair amount of interest in a Westinghouse (10-PA ) PowerAire that I had restored in a light blue hammered finish.  I committed to sharing the paint colors ID's to some of you and I am hereby (finally) making good on my word.

The fan:


While testing paint colors for this restoration I kind stumbled across the beautiful color of the raw Micarta blade. Upon seeing the leathery color of the unpainted blades in combination with the already painted base and housing, I immediately thought of the Sunbeam Alpine that was driven in the Alfred Hitchcock Film To Catch a Thief. This observation led me to repaint the already repainted cage in a color that completed the parallel styling in my minds eye. The fan has come to be referred to as the "Hitchcock Fan" in my house.

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The cage was painted a pale blue-gray until I wound up stripping the blades during the "What color am I going to paint the blades" phase of the project.  I wound up using the color on an Emerson 79646-AT that I also displayed at Fandango.


Final paint scheme following the discovery of the complimentary natural color / finish of the Micarta blades.

Paint color pics (2) and Notes:





Notes:  
  • Hammered Light Blue was applied fairly quickly and heavily (over sanded auto primer)
  • Clear top coat was applied ~48 hrs post paint.
  • Clear gloss was applied quickly and heavily resulting in a partial quasi-emulsification of the light blue and a transition of the hammered finish to something more akin to a light blue pearl-swirl effect.
This remains one of my favorite fans.  It was an early restoration for me and had a little extra magic generated by the combination of the drivers and affect mentioned above.

Thanks for reading.  

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 Posted: Fri Sep 3rd, 2021 07:20 pm
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Steve Butler
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It was a pleasure meeting you and putting another face to a name.  Drive an extra two hours and come to the Museum Meet. 👍

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 Posted: Sat Sep 4th, 2021 12:29 pm
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Patrick Ray
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Stephen, it was great seeing you at Fandango! Had a blast of a time there. Glad you brought your fans to show. Pictures really don't do your work justice. They looked amazing in person. Looking forward to seeing you again at the Museum Meet!

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 Posted: Sat Sep 4th, 2021 01:22 pm
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Michael Mirin
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Patrick Ray wrote: Stephen, it was great seeing you at Fandango! Had a blast of a time there. Glad you brought your fans to show. Pictures really don't do your work justice. They looked amazing in person. Looking forward to seeing you again at the Museum Meet!  I'm glad you had a great time. Pam loved that Poweraire! Pam and I want to Thank everyone who attended, It was a blast :clap:!

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2021 09:50 pm
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Alex Rushing
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Dang Steve. Why would you make such an ugly fan?

Send it to me for proper disposal. :bulleta:eyes

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 Posted: Thu Sep 16th, 2021 08:41 pm
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Michael Aidinovich
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Hey Mr. Hankes. 

Thanks for remembering to provide the hammered blue paint spec's!!!  I was fortunate to see the fan at Fandango.
Hats off too Mike and Pam  :hammer: They did a fantastic job with Fandango 2021.

Mike

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 Posted: Fri Sep 17th, 2021 03:47 pm
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Stephen Hankes
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Hi Mike, You are most welcome.  It took me a minute to the get the paint info post off my to do list :)I was great to meet you and get a look at the cool and rare fans that you brought to share.
Steve

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