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Old 06-28-2017, 07:53 PM
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Jason, I have wondered about you from time to time. Glad to see the progress! Congrats! I've been 10 years on my project, so I know how the time flies, believe me.
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:07 AM
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Default Thanks for thinking Bruce!

Between several "promotions" at work and upgrades to my volunteer service, time has gotten a bit short while all my kids age into teenagers. Progress is being made...wish it were faster. Good to have all the motivators here keeping me inspired.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:22 PM
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Default Hung the engine today!

103 F high humidity and monsoon weather. Why not hang an engine! First time I've ever hung one and I did it solo in just over an hour.



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Old 07-24-2017, 02:52 PM
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The big day arrived and it was time to go to the airport. Drove really slowly and arrived in one piece. Now the fuselage is tucked up in its new home and the wings will join it for final assembly next week!

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Old 07-24-2017, 06:42 PM
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Default Very Nice

So nice to see completions.

Sometimes i wonder if mine will ever get built then i see something like this and I go rivetting.

8 years and 1 to go i hope.

Nice bird,, did you paint it yourself?

Dave
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:46 PM
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Thanks Dave,

Yes I painted it myself at home in a homemade booth. I used matrix base/clear and although it was a lot of work I really enjoyed the process.

Highly recommend giving it a go.

Simon
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:19 AM
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Default Matrix

I'm thinking about using Matrix and have a dealer close by, but they paint cars and have no experience with aluminum aircraft. What did you use under the top coats, Matrix epoxy primer or a self etching wash primer or alodine? Looks like your airplane turned out great!
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:30 AM
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I spoke with the Matrix rep and he recommended MP-201 if I recall. I scuffed and used alodine on the aluminium before priming. Worked out really well, at one point a I got the design on the Vs wrong and decided to strip it and start again. I couldn't believe how difficult it was to get that stuff off. Seriously tough adhesion. The matrix base goes on like silk with a 1.2 nozzle and I used a 1.4 for the Euro coat clear. It went down very well but I colour sanded and buffed the entire aircraft. See above posts regarding the cowling.

The matrix system is bullet proof but it's pricey. I guess all in all, I probably spent $5000 to paint it. The beauty of the matrix system is that the colour matching of different batches is close to perfect and the base mixture is colour plus reducer 1:1. This means you can mix up the base and reducer into a clean can and it's shelf life is infinite. So when you're finished a painting session you simply pour the left over paint back into the premixed tin. No waste!

I would also recommend the devillblis dekups disposable paint cup system. Pure genius.easy cleanup but more specifically the ability to paint with the the gun in any orientation. So versatile.

Simon
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:36 PM
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Default Wings on, and a guard dog :)

Finally got the wings on.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:31 PM
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Default Very nice!!!

Looking great Simon!
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