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Old 09-06-2016, 08:50 AM   #91
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Here again some more progress to the never ending Citabria build log. I'm still hoping to maiden the plane before the winter...I guess I will have to to cut short on the detailing and just finish to make the plane operational.

I painted the wheelpants.

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Old 09-06-2016, 08:58 AM   #92
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Although I will not fully detailed the cockpit before the maiden, I have to at least install the instrument panel before I install the windshield. On my trip to Toledo last spring, I picked up a kit of 1/6 scale instruments from Iflytallies for my Citabria. I found some pics on the internet for inspiration and manage to come up with something that looks not too bad for now.

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Old 09-06-2016, 09:01 AM   #93
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I plan to add some more details in the future if the plane survive the maiden...

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Old 09-23-2016, 07:07 PM   #94
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Re: Sig Citabria (Build Log)

Just tuned into your thread and was very impressed with the quality of your build.

I bought a very nicely built SIG Citabria that was on consignment at Pinnacle Hobbies and was wondering what I should use to cover it. I have lots of experience using Monokote and SIG Coverall type products but each one has its pros and cons (IMO).

Seeing your model covered with Solartex and then painted prompted a little online research and has got me thinking... Almost the best of both worlds... The look and feel of fabric with an adhesive backing.

So, I have a few questions for you:
How well does it take paint?
Do you use any special kind of paint (enamel, epoxy...)?
Do you fill or prime before applying the finish coat?

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Old 09-23-2016, 11:08 PM   #95
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Thanks David

I highly recommend Solartex for the Citabria as it looks really good and scale with the fabric finish and is a lot easier to work with than Monokote. I used Top Flite Lustrekote in rattle can for paint and primer as I wanted a quick fuel proof finish but you could use any kind of paint as long as you prime it first. I'm planning to use Latex on my next project with Solartex.

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Old 09-23-2016, 11:34 PM   #96
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Re: Sig Citabria (Build Log)

Thanks Alain,

Thanks for the info.

The Citabria I have was built as if was going to be powered by a 2-stroke glow/gas engine based upon the way the cowl was cut. I plan to convert it to electric power so I may be able to use a latex finish.

Looking forward to the rest of your build log.

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I installed the windshield this weekend. The screws look way out of scale but I like them anyway...

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Old 09-27-2016, 10:38 PM   #98
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Re: Sig Citabria (Build Log)

I like the looks of that ASP 61 4-stroke.

I bought one about 4 years ago when the Canadian dollar was just about par with US dollar (miss those days) and HobbyKing had them on sale for $107. Did not have an airplane for it at the time but it was too good a deal to pass up and the motor was getting great reviews.

Now I am thinking that maybe I won't convert my Citabria to electric and install the ASP 61 instead. There is already a hole in the cowling that would just have to be modified.

Decisions, decisions....
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Re: Sig Citabria (Build Log)

Electric has it's advantages but scale sound is not one of them. Four strokes come so much closer!
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Electric has it's advantages but scale sound is not one of them. Four strokes come so much closer!
"You smell that? You smell that? Glow fuel son... Nothing else in the world smells like that...... I love the smell of glow fuel in the morning.... "
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