So, what’s the first thing you do when you get your airplane back together? In my case, I promptly flew it to AV8 Paintworks in Marion (KMNN) and spent 2 hours taking it apart again. Cowling, spinner, tail cowling, rudder, flaperons, inspection plates—all off. I got the control cables disconnected for the horizontal stab and Chris (painter, pictured below) commented that he could paint the tail with the Stab in place, so I didn’t have to remove that. (Good news; I was glad because it’s a royal pain to install. Bad news: i had already disconnected the cables, and will need to pull the bulkhead to re-tension them when I get it back together.)
Looks like he’s wiping a tear of joy at having a project to work on!
She’s all taken apart again, but will look better than ever in a few weeks!