Now--In Living Color!

With black going on, the jet began to show some real personality.
With black going on, the jet began to show some real personality.

Work continued on the jet's paint job on Tuesday--and a long day it was. The detailed layout was completed the day before, so it was mostly a matter of masking off the various colors one at a time, using the additive process. This meant masking for the silver, then the black, and then the red. All three colors were shot with little need to worry about overspray, because once a color was shot, it was covered up - and the spots that hadn't yet received their final color were fine if they got some overspray - because they would get their color later. Continue reading "Now--In Living Color!"

A Little Paint and a Whole Lot of Tape

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I don't know about you, but I always thought that airplanes are first covered with whatever paint will dominate the surfaces (commonly white) and pin stripes, swooshes, and lines are added later. So, I've been surprised to learn that John Stahr starts with the details. The first paint that he put on the SubSonex jet today was gold...a pin stripe color that will cover a very limited area. So, today started with some light sanding of the areas where gold would be applied and then the color shot freehand. There was no attempt to stay within any lines, Stahr just ensured that all areas that will eventually be gold were covered. Continue reading "A Little Paint and a Whole Lot of Tape"

Prepping and Priming for the Subsonex Paint Job

Paul Dye uses a Scotchbrite wheel along a line of rivets in order to ensure a slightly roughened surface to hold the primer and paint.
Paul Dye uses a Scotchbrite wheel along a line of rivets in order to ensure a slightly roughened surface to hold the primer and paint.

With most of the masking completed last night, the team immediately started into Scotchbriting all of the external aluminum areas on Paul Dye's SubSonex jet. The rivets were attacked first with a rotary, power Scotchbrite wheel. Three passes at slightly different angles ensured that the rivets were adequately scuffed. The fiberglass nose cowl was also lightly sanded. Soon, neighbors started showing up and the broader surfaces received attention. Continue reading "Prepping and Priming for the Subsonex Paint Job"

Commuter Craft Now Taking Deposits

Commuter Craft Innovator
Commuter Craft Innovator

Richard Hogan's Commuter Craft Innovator, which attracted crowds recently at the Sport Aviation Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, is on display at Sun 'n Fun this week and continues to attract the curious. The experimental canard airplane, which has been in development for a few years, first flew last September and now has about 30 hours on it, Hogan said. It has a 60-inch-wide cockpit, a twin tail with a boom, and a three-surface design that Hogan says is stall-proof and spin resistant. All of those qualities appeal to new pilots, Hogan said. The company is working on a builder-assist center in Cartersville, Georgia, where buyers will be able to take delivery of their kit. Hogan said he hopes to start deliveries in the second half of 2017. Continue reading "Commuter Craft Now Taking Deposits"