I've been having a lot of fun with Chuck's airplane over the last few days. Unfortunately, work gets in the way every so often and I've got a few projects that have been pressing as well.
I'm doing my best to spend my "off" time finishing up a few fiberglass pieces on my Midget Mustang. Problem is that I don't dare get too dirty while I'm on call for work. I'm sneaking in a little RV3 time during those times when I might have a few minutes, but need to stay relatively non-smelly and non-fiberglass-encrusted in case I have to go to work.
I started my day at work yesterday at 2:30am. I was finished with work and ready for bed by mid afternoon, but didn't want to get my days and nights turned around, so I was looking for relatively brainless things to do just to keep myself awake! I ended up washing the 3. For the next few weeks, the 3 will be living with his cousin, a really nice Giles 200. They seem to enjoy each other's company.
I was on call today until 6:30pm. Crew Scheduling must've misplaced my phone number, so I managed to polish the right wing without getting too sweaty while waiting for my phone to ring. The RV3 had a bit of clear overspray over the entire airframe. I use a Cycle polisher and Meguires products so I started with a fine cut polish, but ended up needing the heavier polish to cut through the overspray. It made a HUGE difference. I bet the right wing will be 10knots faster than the left one if I get to fly tomorrow!
I bailed on the RV-3 at about 6pm and resumed the seemingly never-ending process of sanding, filling, sanding, filling, etc. on the Midget Mustang. The good news is that I'm very near the point of spraying the high build primer which *should* signal the end of the really miserable, itchy work. I had planned on finish painting the pieces myself, but I think I'm going to just drop them off at the paint shop to free up a little of my time. I can paint OK, but I'm very slow. The pros can accomplish the same amount of work in about 1/10th the time. The age old trade-off between $$$ and time!