Let the painting process begin! My Dad came up from California to help me for a month or so until it's done.
My friend Dan at CEC Electric hooked me up with these light fixtures that I made stands for.
Cut depron pieces that we'll glass over to fill in the tips.
Made a spacer jig on the spinner in order to square up the cowl to spinner gap.
Started scotchbriting pieces
Laid up a couple thin strips of glass to fill in the tip cracks
We took Friday off and drove up to the Arlington Flyin. Here are Lane and Dad next to the Van's demo RV-7/A.
Lane's hightlight of the day was sitting in Renny Price's Sukhoi SU-29.
My paintjob will be very simular to this
Lots of scotchbriting
Picked up some lightweight Rage Gold filler. 50 bucks a gallon but it's supposed to be sweet.
Lots of parts!
Cut fiberglass strips and started on the canopy skin to plexiglass transition
Laying down the first of six layers
The sixth and final layer
Dad started on the bodywork and it's looking great. I'm sooo glad he's helping me out!
Stated roughing up the wings
Another great Dad project taking shape. I'm pretty much just a laborer during all this fancy fiberglass and bodywork stuff.
Started laying out the targa strip
Started shooting etching primer
Primed the flaps, ailerons, and top cowl
More work on the targa strip
A total of 4 layers of fiberglass
Got and temp installed my alternator to confirm clearance from the lower cowl
Picture of my alternator belt size, so someday I can find it again
The next morning we unveiled the targa strip and it looks great!
Re-taped and started finishing the targa strip
Started on the lower cowl
Almost there. It's gonna look awesome!
Horizontal and Vertical Stabs
Wing access plates
Rudder and Elevators
Dad is getting close on the cowl work
Scotchbrided the right wing
Extended my existing stands to hold the wing vertically
Unveiled the front window fairing and targa layups and they look outstanding!
At the paint store when I was picking colors I just wanted a bright white and a bright red. Today when I looked at the label was the first time I noticed it was Nortwest Orient Airlines White and Chrysler Viper Red. Funny. What a combination.