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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-29-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
Thanks, Rob: However, I wanted to address the...

Thanks, Rob:

However, I wanted to address the repair option when posting this thread, not the original build process with either rivets, screws, or SikaFlex. For those whose canopies suffer...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-27-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
That article was the first I read on the use of...

That article was the first I read on the use of PlastiFix, and Charlie is right: It is a great article that helped me immensely with how to initiate and proceed with the repair process.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

A blast of rain and cold weather swept through California at the end of the week, and I awoke Saturday morning to clear, crisp flying weather. I drove out to the airport and put some preheat on the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

The San Joaquin Valley winter fog finally broke on the afternoon of Sunday, January 14. I raced from Church to the airport and put some preheat on the engine while I prepped the Dove for her first...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

The final stage of polishing progressed from 2,000-grit to 4,000-grit to 12,000-grit, and then finally to an abrasive micro-grit polish supplied in the Headlight Magic kit from...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

The interior scar was masked off for sanding, but unlike the exterior portion, progressively finer grits were applied in 1/8-inch increments to help minimize optical...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

With the bonding agent masking removed, the process of leveling and polishing the damaged area of the canopy began.

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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

It was important for the borders of the repair to be masked off to prevent the liquid from needlessly tarnishing undamaged plexiglass. It was also important for the repair surface to be relatively...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

A piece of wet-dry sandpaper was inserted at the base of the crack as the V-groove channel widened.

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For the final 5 or 6...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

There were well over 1400 airframe hours on the canopy, and many thousands of hours beyond that were spent baking in the sun during airshow performances and flightline displays. About 100 Hobbs hours...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-26-2020, 10:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,905
Posted By Scott Chastain
The Unhappy Cracky Club

Note: This thread was originally posted in 2018. The third-party media host suddenly caused all the photographs to disappear and the thread was deleted. I have since repaired it and hope that others...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-02-2020, 01:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,803
Posted By Scott Chastain
A Silence

Outside, an array of mechanized tank armor was arranged loosely on the desert sand. A large hangar housed a smaller assembly of war vehicles that were deemed more worthy of protection from the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-02-2020, 01:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,803
Posted By Scott Chastain
A Silence

I did not have much of an appetite when I landed. The headwinds in store on the way back to Merced were sure to be as pressing as the lack of time I had. It was already after 1 PM, so I walked past...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-02-2020, 01:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,803
Posted By Scott Chastain
A Silence

The sun was already high up and shining brightly when I finally decided to get out of bed. It was the year 2020, and the percussion of mortars from the night before still punctured my memory like the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2019, 06:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,321
Posted By Scott Chastain
Rock Hopping

After 5 weekends of being stuck at home behind a computer, I took the Dove for a quick spin over Yosemite and zipped through Tioga Pass where we landed for some brunch at Lee Vining, California...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-03-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
32. Resurrection

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-03-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
32. Resurrection

The son turned away from the courthouse and began his journey home. Cutting back through downtown Albany, the son walked into a sandwich shop called Big Town Heroes where he ordered a large meatball...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-03-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
32. Resurrection

Leaving the Albany Carousel, the son walked over behind a senior center where people getting ready for an outdoor concert in the park. Blankets and chairs had already been placed on the lawn to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-03-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
32. Resurrection

The son walked through the heart of downtown where buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s leaned into the heat of the afternoon. On one side of a brick building across the street, an angelic...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-03-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
32. Resurrection

The airport itself was built parallel to the Interstate I-5 Freeway, and the traffic noise coming into the FBO was not unlike what a person would hear under an overpass. The grumble of...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-03-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
32. Resurrection

After topping off, the son parked the Dove on a transient tie-down cross and spent some time wiping down in the wind. Then he walked inside the FBO building to clean up and change into another set of...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-03-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
32. Resurrection

Only the faintest hints of dawn began to show beyond the windows of the Crown Victoria when the son opened his eyes from the back seat. He had fired up the engine to run the air conditioner three...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-03-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
32. Resurrection

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

The son got out and looked around and felt the surge of life flowing through his body, pumped by a heart that was being held and protected and infused with a joy that no manner of the lifeless...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

74 years after Hiroshima, the U.S. Army was still actively using the very hangar that sheltered the Enola Gay. There was a great deal of activity on the field, and it all centered on the arched...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

The DC-4, with cracked and flattening main tires that were chocked on a weed-ridden section of concrete, seemed to welcome the son as he moved down the hangar rows. The original buildings along the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

After cooling off and rehydrating in the upstairs room, the son spent over 30 minutes outside wiping down the Dove. Her leading edges were thoroughly encrusted with bug splatter, and the son could...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

Aiming beyond Spanish Fork, Utah, the son flew directly over Utah Lake for the CEVAR intersection and watched the City of Provo fall away to the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

Near Moab, a bizarre array of evaporation ponds glowed in the distance like giant swimming pools.

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The son pulled...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

The son cranked over and taxied out toward Runway 31, beyond a run-down military-style shack with rudimentary observation towers built next to it.

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

At 6:00 A.M., the son awoke to his alarm and dismissed it. He had slept very well on the couch in El Dorado, but he felt like rolling over and sleeping for another few hours. Nevertheless, he forced...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-02-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
31. Salt of the Earth

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 02:58 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
30. The Father's Call

The son walked behind the bleachers and over to the concession stand. He bought a Goat Boat Sandwich, made with smoked goat meat. There were lots of people who were socializing in the concession...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 02:56 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
30. The Father's Call

There was a small poster taped to a storefront window in downtown El Dorado. It was a poster the son could not stop thinking about. It had a photograph of a Rodeo Queen contestant, a girl about 17...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 02:55 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
30. The Father's Call

In a hot dry parking lot, a lone barbeque rested across the street from a small church. The evening shadows cast a corrosive light upon the body of the rusted...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 02:54 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
30. The Father's Call

The son walked through town. Here and there, a voice could be heard and an occasional vehicle drove down a street. But for the most part, the town of El Dorado seemed empty, shut down, and locked...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 02:53 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
30. The Father's Call

After a one-hour break, the son pushed the Dove back onto solid ground and performed a pre-flight. He was unable to reach his friends during the short time he...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 02:52 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
30. The Father's Call

After a 3.5-hour flight, covering roughly 550 nautical miles, the son made an aggressive descent and shot a straight-in approach for fuel at Bridgeport, Texas (XPB). The final 3,000 feet of the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 02:51 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
30. The Father's Call

At around 10:30 P.M. that night in Wayne, a couple in a Bonanza landed and taxied onto the ramp. They were on their way home from Oshkosh but decided to spend the night in the FBO building. As the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 02:46 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
30. The Father's Call

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-26-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
29. Fire, Smoke and Sulphur

The son found a 120-year-old castle-shaped City Hall building that was surrounded by several veterans memorials. At the front rested some weaponry and memorial markers for those who served in the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-26-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
29. Fire, Smoke and Sulphur

It was a field built for crop dusters. There were housing units just behind the fuel pumps and a pilot lounge right next door with after-hours...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-26-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
29. Fire, Smoke and Sulphur

The son climbed up to 13,500 feet and exited the park to the east near Sunlight Peak.

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The son continued beyond Cody...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-26-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
29. Fire, Smoke and Sulphur

Coming over Sylvan Pass, the air was relatively smooth with only a few ripples on the leeward side. After that, it was smooth sailing through Yellowstone National...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-26-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
29. Fire, Smoke and Sulphur

It was still dark outside when the son decided to get up and make coffee. He was well-rested but just couldnít sleep anymore. He spent a long time spanning through the weather reports across the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-26-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
29. Fire, Smoke and Sulphur

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
28. The Wind

Walking back toward the town square, the son passed by the local lumber supply store which lay before him cleanly swept with saws at the ready.

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
28. The Wind

The son let the heavy galvanized door drop back over the stairwell with finality. He thanked Carol for the tour of the building, but it was definitely time for him to get moving. She walked back...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
28. The Wind

The son was drawn to a small brick building that was heavily stained by years of sprinkler water. He stopped for a moment to look at it. The wind pushed through the tree limbs overhead like a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
28. The Wind

The son dropped off his gear in the pilotís lounge and headed out the gate where the courtesy vehicle was parked. It was an old brown Chevy...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
28. The Wind

After using the restroom and refilling his thermos with coffee, the son went back out and topped off with fuel. He spent about 10 minutes in the wind, wiping all the grime and grit from the Dove...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
28. The Wind

Several times throughout the night, the son woke up and looked out the windows into darkness. It was not discomfort. It was not distraction. It was not anything other than not being able to stay...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
28. The Wind

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-24-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
27. Scars

The son parked the courtesy car next to a livestock trailer and got out. He could hear somebody talking over a loudspeaker not far away. He walked through the parking area past a police car and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-24-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
27. Scars

A few blocks away from the downtown area, the son found a small park where several families with children were playing happily. A small museum nearby sat idly under the trees of the park. The son...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-24-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
27. Scars

The streets were quiet for the most part. An occasional vehicle would pass through town, and shops and stores were open for business. The heat of the day was now turning into the approach of a storm...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-24-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
27. Scars

He did not stay long. The son wanted to fly at least a few feet ahead of the heat that had grown considerably throughout the day. He blasted out of Woodward to the northwest for Santana, Kansas...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-24-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
27. Scars

The son awoke before 5:00 A.M. in Siren where he spent the night in the FBO without any interruptions. He got up from the couch, made coffee, and checked weather. From the Rockies across the Great...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-24-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
27. Scars

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-23-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
26. Trails of Dust

The air was hot, hazy, and very bumpy as the son flew to the south. He did not have to make an extended climb-out because he decided to keep the flight fairly short. He was getting low on fuel, and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-23-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
26. Trails of Dust

At 4:45 A.M. the next morning, the son woke up when he heard somebody enter the building. A couple of doors outside of the snooze room banged shut against the jambs. The son turned over and continued...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-23-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 58,369
Posted By Scott Chastain
26. Trails of Dust

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