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Sills Aviation Services

Sills Aviation Services is teaming up with AirborneKustomz to paint and assemble this Van's RV8 for Mike Hundley of Austin TX.

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Above is the artist rendering that the owner liked and we agreed to do.

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The airplanes fuselage and tail surfaces had received a paint job that was not up to standards to say the least so I was approached and asked if I could help out.

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UGLY !

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We took off all the paint and started from scratch. The fiberglass needed alot of work to make smooth and pin hole free.

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Cowling smoothed and coated with 2K surfacer.

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Fuselage cleaned , acid etched and alodine applied.

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Slick !

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Check for fit .

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Left wing in primer.

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Right wing in fixture , other parts after alodine was applied ready for primer. Canopy ready for another coat of primer on the skirt.

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Right wing in primer and ready for sanding.

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Zolotone greystone applied to inside of engine cowlings.

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Paint masks applied and stripes masked off.

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All colors are on and masks are removed.

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John McFarling of AirbornKustomz has joined our team and is pulling off the paint masks and inspecting his work.

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Ready for the clear coat.

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Clear coat applied .  Now let it dry and go get the other one.

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Tail group and spinner in clear coat.

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Other wing group in clear and ready to install.

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Fuselage & canopy ready for another touch of primer , then come the colors.

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White applied first so we don't have to use a lot of yellow to get it to cover well.

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John from AirborneKustomz laying out more stripes.

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Star & Bar first , then white went down and then the black.

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The unmasking !

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We got this far by 10:30 pm . Tomorrow it will get the clear coat. My butt is dragging!

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Four coats of clear , let it dry to dust free and pull the tapes and paper.

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After we got it painted I was asked if we could assist in finishing  the build,        SO !   Tomorrow we start assembly !  Yeah !

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Canopy sitting on for looks but the tail group is bolted on and hooked up

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Lights installed in wing tips and lense covers on.

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Micah Slack has joined our team and is cleaning out the interior so we can prep for paint.

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Completed fabrication and installation of cooling plenum.

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Wings and wing tips installed !

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Carburator air box assembled , painted and installed.

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Roll out into the sun for a look.

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Wheel and gear leg fairings still to be completed.

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Interior painted and most upholstery installed.

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Almost finished !

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