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Old 07-18-2017, 01:39 PM   #76
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I seem to remember when I visited your hangar a few years ago that the wings were already covered? Maybe I'm mis-remembering.
Definitely.

You might have seen me covering the rudder, which was 5 years back...


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Looks nice and neat.....and hot!


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Getting ready to cover the other side. This is the last of the fabric work on the plane. When I put in the last stitch, I am going to have a mini cheese n wine party. For those interested, I am double covering the leading edge, so, no finish tapes at the front.
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Old 09-19-2017, 06:29 AM   #79
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Beej It is looking fantastic! Thanks for the tips too! Flush it shall be!
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Getting closer! Stitching is now done, except for one knot on the underside; I am leaving that till one evening next week, when I will tie the last ceremonial knot over a bottle of wine and some cheese :0). I decided to add finishing tape to the rear spar area, since the fabric scallops down close to the spar in between the ribs, the black lines you see is Ekofill primer, this is to create a barrier so the Ekobond glue doesn't seep through the fabric and create a sticky contact area on the spar.
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Nicely done, Beej ! Congrats... I'll raise a pint tonight to your accomplishment !
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Looking really nice, Beej!
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Looking great! This is going to be flying in no time!
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Well. tonight was a major milestone - the last knot! It had been sat there since last week waiting on the underside of the top wing while I finished taped one side. So, I decided to have a 'last knot celebration' with some cheese and wine. In hindsight, looking at us all with red wine, precariously hovering over the fabric makes me shiver with anxiety.... :-O

So, finish-tape the final side, then it's officially on to the paint job.
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Great Job! What a huge accomplishment! Canít wait to see you in the air!
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Realistically, I think I am a year away from final assembly, judging by Smizo's paint job of around 600 hours as an estimate.... :0(
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Realistically, I think I am a year away from final assembly, judging by Smizo's paint job of around 600 hours as an estimate.... :0(
That sounds about as optimistic as it gets Beej, good attitude!
600 hrs., that's 12 hrs. a week for a year (assuming you take 2 weeks vacation)

But it is all attitude, isn't it?
And the occasional bottle of wine celebration

Me, lately I got tons of attitude
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600 hours sounds about right. I think I had about 750 in cover and paint.

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keep up the good work.
looks like its all coming together now. painting is the fun part.
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Last night was more special than my 'last knot party'; I ironed down the last tape last night. All fabric is done.

Now my thoughts are drifting towards paint planning. The big upper wing needs to be either painted on saw horses, horizontally, or mounted vertically in a frame I would need to build. I am at a loss which way to go, since both methods have advantages?

Spraying horizontally
Pros:
Better flow out of paint
Less chance of sags and runs
Easier to mark out for tape and stencils

Cons:
Spraying one side at a time
Soft masking and sealing off the underside
Lots of 'handling' of the wing

Spraying Vertically
Pros:
Can spray both sides at once
No handling; once the wing is in a frame on casters it stays there untouched till it comes out of the frame

Cons:
More chance of sags and runs?
Straight lines with 1/4 masking tape may sag?

Seems 50-50, to me. Thoughts?
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John,
We did vertical after trying the others. Just be sure to get a complete coat on the leading and trailing edges. No trouble with runs on Ranthane following directions on fog coat and waiting for tack free on following coats.
we needed a ladder on the swept Pitts top wing and your span is longer. We had 10' tall booth, you may need more.
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way to go beej! big accomplishment to have the fabric finished. i really enjoyed the fabric part of the build. painting not so much. it just seemed to take forever! course if i painted it one color it wouldn't have hahaha. i laid everything flat, made threaded rod extensions on the I strut holes and wing attach fittings to lift it off the saw horses one foot. paint flows out much better and less orange peel. ill dig up some pics......
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Even if you paint vertically you can mask horizontal. At least I always did....
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yea, i had them resting on the saw horses to do the masking and color coats. easy since the bottom was all black. painted that first then masked it off. then flipped on the horses and painted the top color. after that raised it off the horses with the threaded rod for clear. worked great, just need at least 2 helpers........

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Here are more photos;
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Dennis,

I thought about suspending my top wing using 1/4-20 threaded rod through the Istrut bolt holes.. but it's amazing how much heavier the Skybolt upper wing is compared to the Pitts S1 models. I can move a S1 upper wing around all day by myself, the Skybolt.. no way.
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way to go beej! big accomplishment to have the fabric finished. i really enjoyed the fabric part of the build. painting not so much. it just seemed to take forever! course if i painted it one color it wouldn't have hahaha. i laid everything flat, made threaded rod extensions on the I strut holes and wing attach fittings to lift it off the saw horses one foot. paint flows out much better and less orange peel. ill dig up some pics......
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