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    Another One (PA12) Finished

    Just finished a PA12 project that started shedding the fabric in flight a little over three years ago a few hours after an engine upgrade to 150 hp. Stewart System process on the recover with the owners color scheme, plus the owner didn't want any major mods, so they didn't happen, as a result it weighed in at 1117 pounds. My post retirement plan was to close my wood shop door behind me on the way in and stay. Apparently that's not going to happen, I'm rolling into my third project, a J3, with other people throwing projects at me. Pierce didn't tell me that would happen when I attended his seminar and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express.

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    I sent Aerographics the metal Piper emblem and had them cut the vinyl for it, that is much easier than trying to paint. They have saved that design so you can do black or any color you want.
    The interior side walls have aluminum panels installed instead of fabric which I thought would be easier for installation and future maintenance. The headliner is Airtex, my first, and is two days out of my life I won't get back. Clyde Smith cut the very basic VFR panel and recommended that we move all the electrical "stuff" to the side panel, so he made an enlarged side panel to accomplish that. A great idea. The seats were covered locally with leather and the three layer foam was from Jim Fix. The 150 hp upgrade was accomplished with the Kenmore STC and a Sutton exhaust. The old fuel tanks were replaced with Wag Areo tanks, and they dropped right in. Craig Frisby at Rexburg Air Service is the IA I work with and he does the systems and assembly, all the hard stuff.
    I know there are plenty of PA12 mods that are popular to install at recover/rebuild time, but the owners just wanted a good basic PA12 and didn't want the added expense. It should be a great flying machine, I'll find out in the next day or two.
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    Nice!!!
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    Beautiful airplane! Did you use a final clear coat over the color coats to get such a gloss finish?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wdoubleday View Post
    Beautiful airplane! Did you use a final clear coat over the color coats to get such a gloss finish?
    No clear coat, the Stewart's system top coat(Eco Poly Premium) is very high gloss.
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    Very nice!!
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    Robert,

    Once again, I'm very impressed.....that 11 of yours is impressive, no doubt, and this 12 looks about as good, at least as far as one can tell from photos.

    Taking this one to OSH to collect another Lindy?

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    That is a BEAUTIFUL airplane! Nice clean, simple beautiful scheme. Great job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvivion View Post
    Robert,

    Once again, I'm very impressed.....that 11 of yours is impressive, no doubt, and this 12 looks about as good, at least as far as one can tell from photos.

    Taking this one to OSH to collect another Lindy?

    MTV
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    Nope, Pierce just makes fun of me.
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    Very nice looking. Congrats!

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    Great work, Bob!

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    What was it Jimmy Carter confessed of having lust in his heart? At my age this is enough for me! Wonderful.
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    We need video of it flying... or it isn't real.
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    Beautiful job on what is now a whistle clean airplane! My father said that the PA-12 is the nicest flying airplane Piper ever built, and I agree with him. He and my mother had N3648M in the early sixties and that's the airplane I got my first stick time in. It is also the Super Cruiser that Clyde Smith later rebuilt for himself.
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    Beautiful airplane! Really nice work
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    Looks great Bob. You’ll bring it to Winifred this June?

    How about a Travelair 6000 for your next project?
    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." Wyatt Earp

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinner2 View Post
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    Looks great Bob. You’ll bring it to Winifred this June?

    How about a Travelair 6000 for your next project?
    I would like to bring it to Winifred, but the owners while they usually don’t fly it that much, think they are going to try to wear it out. They think I take too long and are anxious to fly it. The Travelair would be a dream project, I know where one is but I don’t think there are enough pages left on the calendar to try that project. We could just go fly Clyde’s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo M View Post
    Beautiful job on what is now a whistle clean airplane! My father said that the PA-12 is the nicest flying airplane Piper ever built, and I agree with him. He and my mother had N3648M in the early sixties and that's the airplane I got my first stick time in. It is also the Super Cruiser that Clyde Smith later rebuilt for himself.
    Waldo, me and two buddies have a PA12 with that same N number. It lives in KRNH

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    That's great to hear, Jake. Its nice to know that airplane is still flown, enjoyed, and obviously well take care of. I have a PA-11 myself, but I have two friends with stock PA-12s that I get to fly occasionally.
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    He's working on a J3 now boys. I think he's addicted........or bored. If you bring him cashews he will cover your airplane for you.
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    "If you bring him cashews he will cover your airplane for you."

    Sign me up! I just need one wing done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Heinrich View Post
    "If you bring him cashews he will cover your airplane for you."

    Sign me up! I just need one wing done.
    Working for peanuts was hard on my self esteem, so now I aim high and go for cashews. I had to make a change for sanitary reasons though, visitors to my hangar would grab a handful of cashews out of the container after peeing outside. Now the dispensing is high tech. Bring your wing, bring cashews, you're in.
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