Oratex 6000 on a PA12

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If I had a hat on, I'd take it off to you!  Anyone who would start  a rebuild on that deserves an atta boy!  Wish I had your outlook!

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Thanks Allen, it is hard to do cause i can c the work ahead of me, but its airplanes not cars and bikes, so lots of energy there for me, and the look in my dads face when he c’s his plane all destroyed, he almost cried, (my dad DON’T do that) i know i have cried, many times and the desire to c it completely rebuilt the way ive always wanted to b since he bought it 27+ yrs ago, so with all that, the help and guidence of my friends HERE and the ones that stop by my shop to visit,  Ill Get Her Done,  and “Fiona” will fly again soon. Shootin for mid next summer. Or less. Hahahhahaaaaa

I got the 30/60 black diamond black slag media yesturday to sandblast today, just havin coffee till sun comes out and warms it up, 28 degrees this am,  Ill post some pic later on. 
THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE HELP AND GUIDENCE ON THIS PROJECT,  ILL NEED IT!!!! 

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Well got the sandblasting done, took me 2hrs 15min and 12bags of black diamond 30/60 black slag media. Had a few quotes for people intown to do it, anywhere from $450 to $900+materials, to $1300. Cant belive the price spread, cost me $350 in materials. Also picked up the epoxy primer and white paint another $403, so at $753.00, super good if u ask me. Hahahahahaaaaa 

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Pretty good.  It's a lot of work sandblasting the fuselage.  I did my Kitfox 4.   Had a fair amount of trouble getting the sandblaster to work, so that didn't help.  Keep going you'll get there!  JImChuk

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Been there, done that, got the T-shirt and coffee mug. And still got media in certain body parts! Somehow it finds its way into every crack (literally) and crevice there is even with a full body suit.

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I paid someone to blast the Spacewalker II I scratch built years ago but I painted it myself.  Uhhh. I hate painting tubes. Two coats of epoxy primer and two coats of blood-red urethane took me over 5 hours. Did I mention painting tube's sucks? ;) 

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Yea the sandblastin went fast but still no fun! And today i put two coats of green epoxy primer on it, took 3hrs. In sick of paintin tubes ill tell u, and stull have to paint it white.  But think i got it all. Will take a look in the am to know for sure. Had to run meet a guy to buy a set of 26” Ak Bushwheels. Great score, pays to check CL and Ak List every am with my coffe and morning chew of Redman. Hahhaaaaaa 

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Well the last big part of the old 12 is off and now get to do the tubein repair and then start swapin everything over to the replacement airframe. While priming the airframe i found a few more places need attention, the paint helps stuff standout so can c it better i found out.  Hahhaaaaaa

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Well little by little im gettin it torn down, still waitin the 7days for epoxy primer to cure, so the can says. Hahhaaaaa found out the old body hurts from this summer and gettin old climbin in and out of whats left of “Fiona” but we talk and im not giving up. Hahahahahaaaaa got those 26” Ak bushwheels, and picked up a T3 tailwheel and new tundra tire for the 12 also. 

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Well spent my afternon yesturday sprayin the pa12 replacement fuse white. What a big pain in the Ass!!! I figured out my shoulders and arms r to damm old for reaching thro the airframe painting the maze of tubes on all sides. Hhahaaaaaaa think next time i do one from ground up will either b a KF, or someone eles will sandblast, prime, paint for me. Hahahahaaaaaa 

Now its time to start reassemblie, and i have a few tubes i have to install yet for the 160hp 0320, the crosswinds stol fuse im useing originaly had just a 150hp

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Well brought the airframe home to garage from the shop yesturday, first time ive had both side-by-side. And there lots of tubes to add for the pa18 updates and the 160hp 0320 in the cowl area.  Id be welding in tubes today butttttttttttt had a customer call for 10 loads of roadmix for a driveway. Mayb ill get lucky and it wont take all day. Also got the blue and white Oratex 6000 fabric yesturday!!! WooHoo!!!!

and i dont get y it will post pic of the airframe but not the fabric today or the ak bushwheels otherday.  Hahahaaaa computers r dumb!!!! 

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Well started the tubing install. Got the cowl crush tubes in, now ill do the front foldup pa18 seat mounts, still have skylight tabs, metal belly tabs, to put in. 

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And here, all your teachers said you'd never amount to anything! Looks good! LOL!

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Oh boy! More tubes to paint!

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Yea a few so far and there b a few more i found out. But all is good mining season is almost over and ill get to spend all-day all-winter in the mancave shop and get “Fiona” back to looking like a princess instead of a ugly Oger. Hahahahaaaaaa  

Yea my teachers didnt like me much, was to much into partying and causing trouble, that y i got booted off the North Pole Patriots high school football team, well that and chewing tobacco. So after that i quit school and went to work.  And think that is finally PAYING off!!!!!!!!!!

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Well I got the pa12?seat truss welded into the frame, yolk mounted, and the seat mounted, onto the next piece. Picked up some nice birch for the floor today also. Hahahaaaa

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Moved on to the skylight mountin, and waitin for 1” tubing to weldin the Xbrace over pilot head and the Cathedral ceiling in the rear so im fitting the seaplane door on the right and the wolf window on the left. Also the T3 tailwheel came in. 
And still waiting on supplies to repair the two longerons between the gear leg attachments. 

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Moving right along.  Keep at it!  JImChuk

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Looks like you are priming as you go. Are you mixing epoxy primer and using a gun, or just using a rattle can? Just trying to figure how I'm going to do inevitable touch ups for added stuff.

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Im useing the Napa/Martin senior self etching primer. Part#7220, in a rattle can, they sell it both ways, rattle can or to mix.  AWESOME stuff been useing it for yrs with awesome results. About $11.50 a can now, been buying it since it was $4.50 a can. Hahhaaaa

Well i got the Xbrace above pilots head, and the Cathedral ceiling in the airframe yesturday just need to prime it, next ill move to the wolf window and the seaplane door. 

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Ok Buck, I have to ask, what is a wolf window.  I must not be the only one wondering.

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Ok Buck, I have to ask, what is a wolf window.  I must not be the only one wondering.

I'm guessing that is one that will open so you shoot out of, back when it was great sport to shoot wolves from planes.  Just a guess though.  JImChuk

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U remove the sliding two piece window on the left side, build a window frame that hinges at the top with a piano hinge so it opens gulwing style. Like hingeing the seaplane door on the right side. 

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Wolf window hinged, seaplane door hinged, jambs going in for them to seal against. Just about to flip it upside down and do the longeron repair and metal belly tabs, and hope after that ill b doing reassembile. 

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Seaplane door jamb in and primed, rear seat storage fitted, gettin ready to haul the wings to Charly Centers @ Crosswinds STOL to have him rebuild them for me while i finish up the fuse.  When i get them back ill trial fit them and then start covering with Oratex fabric,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, AGAIN. Hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa

well today it will only take 1 pic not 3. Mmmmmmmm? 

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