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Re: Highlander 393

Postby BucF16 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:23 am

I called the factory over a year ago to ask Jak a bunch of questions. One of them was what brand off filler the used. (I had used Super-fill non my previous project) He said they used overcoat Z-Grip ($39 on Amazon). So I bought a can. Well, I didn't follow my rule, " Don't buy it till it's needed". There is a 1 year shelf life on the stuff, AND IT WAS BAD. :oops: The new can will be here Thursday
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Re: Highlander 393

Postby moving2time » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:36 pm

The same thing applies with most covering and paint products. Found that out the hard way also. Several cans of paint that separated and was to stiff to mix up properly. Contacted manufacturer claiming product deficiency and they asked how long it has been sitting on the shelf and the conditions. Had to pay for more. :cry:
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Re: Highlander 393

Postby BucF16 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:32 pm

I swear To God I'm not Drunk when I write these.

of filler they

on my previous project

Evercoat Z-Grip

:evil:
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Re: Highlander 393

Postby AV8R Paul » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:40 pm

I just blame it on Speel Checker on my IPad. Ever since I updated the software, my iPad has acted like it is possessed.

BucF16 wrote:I swear To God I'm not Drunk when I write these.

of filler they

on my previous project

Evercoat Z-Grip

:evil:
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Re: Highlander 393

Postby moving2time » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:40 pm

Bruce, I wasn't thinking drunk. "Challenged" was more like it. :lol: More RX1's powering Highlanders all the time. Looking really exciting. Sure hope the weather dries up soon. I would really like to plan that trip to Butler! My runway is probably solid enough because it seems to be well drained but I would really tear up the grass between the hangar to get to the runway . I already have mud all over the lower half of the CUB from the two times I did make it up flying. Joe B
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Re: Highlander 393

Postby BucF16 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:00 pm

Joe I left you a PM
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Re: Highlander 393

Postby BucF16 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:51 pm

I've just about got the shop ready to start building again. Since I went back to work (after surgery), Ive been installing a new engine in my Cherokee 180. My son and I have been flying around since, to include a trip to Boundary Waters Canoe Area for a 7 day adventure.

I'm just about to have the wings and tail feathers prepared to cover. For those that are using Oratex, AV6RPaul spoke about Chris Wallen using a different Aluminum primer. I called Chris today. He used a 2 part self etching primer from "Finish Master", called "Nason 2K". I sourced it locally, at $210 a gallon or $60 a Qt.

Chris said he scuffed up the AL and shot it. He said the Oratex adhered just fine.

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Re: Highlander 393

Postby jjacky » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:10 am

Just Another idea..I use the phone to take a picture of the days progress and email it to myself with notes and times.
Plan not to be the first at the scene of the accident!
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Re: Highlander 393

Postby BucF16 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:19 am

Hi All, For all those that have used Oratex, I have a couple of Question. 1) Body filler, Since we are not painting the filler, how important is the smoothness and blending? I have some minor pitting after the first coat. Did you apply more than one coat? 2) Tailfeathers, Since the trailing edge and cross members are smaller than the main member; Did you adhere the fabric to the smaller pieces? Rib stitching would cause the same problem, a concave contour.

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Re: Highlander 393

Postby BucF16 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:23 am

I just received my upgrade “flying” horizontal stabilizer from Chris Wallen. Excellent work Chris! Thanks

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Re: Highlander 393

Postby FredHoffman » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:14 am

I think the flying stab would be even more powerful if the trim system moved the stab leading edge up and down rather than a tab on the elevator. After putting hours on my Highlander I want more elevator!
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