Thursday, June 9, 2011
N966CD is moving along nicely. The new Big Sky four aileron wing set is about 90% done and should begin cover next week. Tail feathers are covered and painted with the rudder still needing checkering. The Air Repair STC gear seal kit, redline brake kit and fresh hardware are all installed with the gear ready to go. A few more details in the fuselage such as the instrument panels, plumbing,smoke system and we can begin cover on the fuselage. The guys have worked hard on repairing, smoothing and priming up the BT-13 cowling and Stinson Reliant wheel pants that give this big 450 Stearman its signature brawny appearance. Color will be going on the front end parts very soon. Two airplanes, in cover, both getting parts painted, different coating systems and parts galore. I'm having a hard time keeping it all straight! We're glad Dan Schumaker is the man behind the gun on this one, he'll keep it straight but, after this booth marathon he might forget what the light of day looks like! It wont be long and there will be some huge visual progress with large parts in color and going back on both airplanes.