My ever-vigilant neighbor caught the official end to my Phase 1 test period on "Loki," the little jet, this morning as I made a pass to "check altimeter calibration" (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it...) and then pulled up for the landing pattern. With that pass, I finished the prescribed 40 hour test period, but had actually completed the test program about ten hours before - yet these are still experimental aircraft and there are things I'll be looking in to, and will be collecting data for some time to come. Officially however, the airplane is now free to roam outside of the original test area (which was admittedly pretty large) and can be taken anywhere... like Southern California, or even Wisconsin! Continue reading "Loki the SubSonex Jet is a Free Bird!"
Always on the prowl for exceptionally cool stuff at airshows, with cameras rolling KitPlanes Magazine Editor Paul Dye and Larry Anglisano set out to find three cool things on display at Sun 'n Fun 2019 in Lakeland, Florida, and prepared this video report.
It's finished! Well, mostly finished... as finished as an airplane, or a paint job, can ever be. Painter John Stahr put the final touches on a number of small details, and fixed a few more spots where paint had sneaked through masking around rivet heads, all in preparation for the final clear coat on the fuselage and tail sections. Continue reading "And Just Like That... It's Done"
John Stahr announced first thing in the morning that Friday would be "a day of fussy fuss." It was time to address all those little nits bound to come up in the original work. As Paul Dye is always telling me, "It isn't how perfect you do the job initially, it's about how well you can correct the little errors." So, it was a tedious and some times a bit frustrating day of inspecting for issues and addressing them. Continue reading "A Day of Fussy Fuss"
John Stahr continued working on N958PD, KITPLANES Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye's recently built SubSonex jet on Thursday. With the large area painting completed and detailed art work started, it was another day of mostly detail work... addressing minor flaws in the original spray painting and air brushing on more details. Some of the details were air brushed on while others were shot through stencils... both prepared and made on the spot. Continue reading "Light at the End of the Tunnel"
The fifth day started bright and early with the limbering up of the spray gun and the deployment of white - the final major color to go on the jet. John Stahr checked over the masking to make sure it was all correct before shooting three coats of the bright white that ironically will probably be listed as the major color of the airplane when filing a flight plan... "white/red/black". A short break followed to let the paint set up, then unmasking began - the jet revealed in all its basic glory. We say basic because when the masking was removed, the detailing began. Continue reading "Details, details, details..."