Painting Estelle Update
Things are seldom as they appear at face value. When I take something apart to fix a problem, I usually discover another problem to fix. That is exactly what happened today. When you paint an aircraft, you are required to rebalance the flight controls. When the rudder for Estelle was put on the balance bar it was so far out of balance it was almost laughable. We figured out that you have to drill out rivets and take apart the rudder to get to the lead weight inside, and it turns out we are going to have to add over 1000 grams of lead to the balance weight to bring the rudder within tolerance. So this is going to set us back another two days. However, all the flight controls will be perfectly balanced next time I get to fly Estelle.
The only items on the aircraft left to paint are the main wheels, a few touch ups and one item that was missed when Estelle was disassembled.
I am traveling to Chino daily now that we are down to the details as there are many decisions that have to be made at this point to get everything just the way we want it. The next step is to get the main wheels aligned, an oil return line replaced and all of the flight controls put back where they belong. We can’t wait to reveal Estelle to the world, she is a beautiful airplane and I know she is going to attract positive attention to general aviation. Stay tuned in for the reveal, it is coming very soon.
Lastly, I can’t say enough for the amazing customer service we have received at Century Aircraft Paint. Eveline has been very patient with us even though we seem to change things daily. They have done a great job with Estelle and we can’t wait to reveal her to the world.