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Jeff Blanton Posted - 04/20/2011 : 12:21:48
I just passed 50 hours of flight last Saturday. I took the plane apart and brought it home for paint, interior and electric aileron trim. I am tired of people making fun of the four colors of primer. I went to a Cessna Aircraft surplus sale and purchased four hides of leather and four different fabrics, and a roll of carpet for $25. There is enough there to do many planes.

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Victor Thompson Posted - 10/31/2011 : 17:59:33
Nice Job Jeff.
Rich Brazell Posted - 10/31/2011 : 16:11:41
No kidding it was a lot of work ! Looks great ! Having been on the shooting end of the spray gun, I can appreciate the great job you did !

James Grahn Posted - 10/31/2011 : 08:37:01
Nicely done, Jeff.
Jeff Blanton Posted - 10/31/2011 : 07:50:04
Thanks Lee! It was a lot more work after I removed the laquer primer. I removed so much bondo with a heat gun and plastic scraper it will probably be lighter now! I about filled up a black yard bag! Sherman Williams epoxy primer and Jet Glo paint, with no bondo this time. I am very happy the way it turned out.
leewwalton Posted - 10/30/2011 : 19:22:58
O and by the way .. ship looks real nice!
leewwalton Posted - 10/30/2011 : 19:22:40
Sorry Jeff, forum software get's picky somethings regarding filenames ...

Another reason we're switching over to a new forum not far from now.
Jeff Blanton Posted - 10/30/2011 : 17:43:11
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Jeff Blanton Posted - 10/30/2011 : 17:41:02
My paint is complete. Here is a picture of my plane sitting next to its big brother. Should be flying soon!

Jeff B

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Jeff Blanton Posted - 04/21/2011 : 05:28:41
Bill and Fraser,

I agree with the Maule tailwheel. I already planned on installing an ACP. It has not had shimmy problems. Bill, I will check everything you mentioned. The structure was mostly built except for the tail when I purchased the plane. I built and installed the shear plates. They are per drawing.

Bill Williams Posted - 04/21/2011 : 03:16:46
The Maule tailewheel dos not make a good furniture dolley wheel let alone for an airplane. Buy a Scott or ACP or something with a double fork.
Check and see if you have two diagional rows of rivets coming from the firewall,each side, attached to the 580-16 angle. Also, there should be 3/4 x 3/4 angle on the inside of the firewall along the sides. This was a mod to prevent what your are describing. Another item is to check the shear plates, make sure they are there, rivets per drawing and .040 al.
Fraser MacPhee Posted - 04/20/2011 : 19:50:23
Tailwheel shimmy? - that looks like a Maule tailwheel - I had one of those on my last plane for the first few months and got some of that at times.
Jeff Blanton Posted - 04/20/2011 : 18:39:00
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Jeff Blanton Posted - 04/20/2011 : 18:37:26
This is the stuff from Cessna. The two other hides will be on my dad's Breezy he is building. I am using the fabric with the wavey lines, the carpet and tan leather. I think I will hang on to the extra for now. There is one thing I need advise on. I have been flying off grass and I hear an oil canning sound around my left leg area, and I can sometimes feel it in the former by my leg on taxi and roll out. The strip is moderately smooth. I don't notice anything on paved runways. Is this normal, or do I need to do something before paint? Larry I am in Wichita KS.


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larry Posted - 04/20/2011 : 15:17:03
i cant get my grass looking like that must be the new england weather
Bill Williams Posted - 04/20/2011 : 14:13:45
Lookin mighty Thorpie...Nice looking bird. As for the paint, I flew mine for over a year in primer. It had stripes along the rivet lines and people called it "spot"

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