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Old 11-12-2012, 02:23 AM
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1st coat of grey primer over the buff primer that pretty much got sanded off. Still lots of scuff marks and dimples and pinholes to chase.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:58 PM
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Lookin' mighty-fine there Big! Very nice! Looks like a real airplane for cryin' outloud!
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:18 AM
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I now have the fuselage and both wings ready for paint. I have found that my quality control has improved the more I sand and stare at grey paint. I drug my canard home thinking that when I had put it up in the hanger back in August it was ready for paint. Boy was I wrong. After getting it home I found a ton of pin holes in it. Yes I did a 2 coat epoxy wipe. I have found the epoxy wipe thing to not be as great as others have said. I still would do it. It does not fill all pin holes plus it makes lots of fun epoxy ridges to sand down. It does make a nice hard shell to work on. I also have found that it is way easier to find imperfections in the grey primer than the buff primer. I would not use the buff primer if I was to do it over. STeve build on
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:21 PM
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Almost ready for the color coat it took me awhile to figure out the scheme . I now have it figured out it is comforting to finally know the colors and scheme. I had to pop $ 439 for a fresh air system. I have not yet tried it out yet. I still have to hang plastic and hook up the fans and filters. Hopefully by the Christmas holidays I will actually see the end.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:27 AM
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Looking forward to seing you and the new CZ at RR.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:54 PM
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I have one stripe left to do on the fuselage and then it is time for the wings,controls, cowls.painting it all white would have sped things up a bit .

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:32 AM
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Just to let you all know that except for the gear legs and the unbuilt wheel pants my plane is now painted. I finished the ailerons yesterday. They were the last pieces I had to paintl I hauled all the pieces to the hanger for protection and more storage space in my shop. It took me 113.25 hours just to paint the plane this included taping and prep and actual spraying time. Now I know why it cost so much to have a professional do it. I am glad I did it my self I really learned a lot about painting that I never knew. Acording to my records It cost me $3,453 dollars in material to paint the plane. This includes clear from micro epoxy, paint, and all the materials to mask and make the paint booth. I had a fan it also include a fresh air system and a high end used Sata paint gun. I was unable to get a picture of all the pieces together I had no one to help me yesterday my entire shop front area is a giant mud and slush area and it snowed last night so I just loaded everthing up on the trailer and into the back of the truck and hauled it to the airport I left the fuselage at home so I can build my wheel pants. I think wheel pant building will be much more fun than painting. Maybe I will l will fly this year. STeve build on
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:48 PM
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Congratulations on your progress. I've been following it with great interest.

I'm just a little behind you -- maybe a lot. I've been filling and sanding for 2 years now. I hope to put primer on the bottom this week. I've spent many days working in nose and main gear wells and on the gear legs. I intend to fly it with just primer before putting the final coats on. I hope to fly by May 19 making 19 years of it being on the ground.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:52 PM
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Watch out Steve ...... I think you may be developing some icing on the starboard winglet!
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:01 PM
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Watch out Steve ...... I think you may be developing some icing on the starboard winglet!
I saw that and thought the same thing. Too funny!

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Old 01-27-2013, 05:37 PM
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Yep that is snow on the bottom winglet sat the wing down ln the snow while i arranged foam blocks in the junk holder (garage). Steve build on
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:33 PM
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Looks great, Steve.

Skip the wheel pants, I want to see some pictures of that bird in the air!
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:29 PM
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Watch out Steve ...... I think you may be developing some icing on the starboard winglet!
Once I get past training in a 172 "Land-O-Matic", I'll watch for this! Thanks for the tip

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Looks great, Steve.

Skip the wheel pants, I want to see some pictures of that bird in the air!
Me too!

My support staff (Curt, Bill, Mike, Brian, and yers truly) moved my wings from Ft. Collins to the finest home built hanger at LMO this afternoon. I can only assume I'm half as stoked as STeve is right now.

BUild on STeve!

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