We’ve stripped the prop, inspected, self etching primer and flat black prop paint. We also painted the tips white. It turned out good! I installed it back on and we took the fuselage back in storage. Dad has got the gas strut for the seaplane door mod and started to figure out the installation while I was gone on a family trip last week.
We’ve received the Oratex fabric yesterday!!! Let the fun begin! It is exciting and a bit scary at the same time! (Like so many other steps of this project)
We started getting ready to install the fabric today by adding a 4X8 sheet of plywood to our wing spar table with cardboard and butcher paper on top so we can change the work surface as needed to keep the table clean. The fabric is white so it’ll be important to be clean when we work. We noticed when we did the tombstones that the drops of glue on the table would stick on the finished side especially when we were heating to set the glue. We’ll be starting with the horizontal stabs then the rest of the tail after. Here are a few pics. Its another milestone! Things are coming along!
Does Oratex have an STC for the Champion line now? Or did you get a one-time approval from your FSDO? I've been holding off recovering my '65 7ECA to see if they would come through with an STC for our aircraft...
@JimParker256 this Champ is in owner maintenance class here in Canada so we are good with the Oratex. There is an online installation manual with a list of approved aircraft. It is the 2015 version and seems to not include Champs and Citabrias. Good news is when we received the order we also got a 2019 version of the same manual and it has the STC number. Here is a photo of that page in the manual. Let me know if you would like a link to the online manual. Hope this helps!
We’ve got both stabilizer covered. We’ve got finishing tape on both sides over the re-enforcing tape and rivets. Still some tapes to do around some edges. We’re getting better with the Oratex! The best is to see the fabric shrink after the edges are glued. Here is a pic of the stab with tapes and a video of the process.