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Just picked up the July issue of Sport Aviation . On the cover is Paul Muhle's red , white , yellow and black Pitts . I read the article and gave the pictures a good once over and another once over . As a painter from the age of 14 years to present , I cannot overlook the presentation of a final product and somehow not rate what I see in my own mind . I have walked around Pauls plane and taken pictures and at that time ( Oshkosh) , the color choices , the application , the neatness , flawless presentation were all stunning characteristics that most probably were conceived from hours , days , and months in Paul's mind as he was battling the build process . I personally feel that the final decision on that perfect paint scheme just might be the hardest part of the build/finish process . I'm not going to say that his scheme was simple , because there are no simple paint jobs . If I were to ask Beej (kind of a Forum member) , which scheme he would rather mask , The puzzle paint scheme on his Skybolt or Muhle's Pitts , I somehow know the answer that I'd get . The awesome part is both planes are stunning but totally different . The amazing thing is , that just about all of the folks here on the Forum , when finished with their projects have created a work of art that is a one off , no others like it , show worthy creation that they , themselves are even stunned when the hanger door slides open . Some , more detailed with swirls , stars , checker board patterns , some more doscile in creation but all outstanding , again in presentation . We all know that Kelvin (Forum member) and his AcroDuster scheme wasn't a overnight , two rolls of masking tape , stick and glitter , vualla , look what I think I just did thing . And TomCat's (Forum member) red , white and blue Ultimate Pitts . When Tom opened his hanger and let me take a peak , first thing hit me , it's beautiful . I think with all the time consumed in your build process weather it be two years , ten years or even longer , every day is spent on (what) am I going to do when I get to that point , for the final step . Can't wait for the next unveiling . Who's next ? ;) 🐒
 

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