Step 7: Paint and Decals
The first time I build this project I painted the checker pattern at the top of the Redstone, the second time I built the pattern in Adobe Illustrator then sent it to a decal manufacturer to make. I'm not convinced that made the job easier as putting on such a large decal has its challenges as well. It did help to put the tube on the tube lathe but even with that the alignment wasn't perfect.
BUT no one really notices that sort of thing when the bird is on the pad or in the air.
I chose to paint the capsule blue instead of black, mostly because it made it more "Navy" like and Alan Shepard was an Annapolis Grad (and I'm from Annapolis) Plus the capsule isn't scale so I felt I could take the liberty.
All the lettering and flag decal came from a local arts and craft store and the black striping is automotive pin stripe.
Because this is such a popular rocket to model, it's very easy to find visual references via Google.