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Ready for Paint!

With the first engine start and initial taxi testing out of the way (see and hear it below), the little jet is cocooned in the shop, awaiting the arrival of the paint master - John Stahr of Stahr Design, noted for airbrush work on aircraft large and small. And they don't come much smaller than …

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And Just Like That... It's Done

Happy owner!It's finished! Well, mostly finished... as finished as an airplane, or a paint job, can ever be. Painter John Stahr put the final touches on a number of small details, and fixed a few more spots where paint had sneaked through masking around rivet heads, all in preparation for the final clear coat on the …

A Day of Fussy Fuss

Another layer of silver was added to give more depth to the band.John Stahr announced first thing in the morning that Friday would be "a day of fussy fuss." It was time to address all those little nits bound to come up in the original work. As Paul Dye is always telling me, "It isn't how perfect you do the job initially, it's about how well you …

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Another detail completed.John Stahr continued working on N958PD, KITPLANES Editor-in-Chief Paul Dye's recently built SubSonex jet on Thursday. With the large area painting completed and detailed art work started, it was another day of mostly detail work... addressing minor flaws in the original spray painting and air brushing on more details. Some of the details were air …

Details, details, details...

John Stahr sprays white paint as the final area paint on Paul DyeThe fifth day started bright and early with the limbering up of the spray gun and the deployment of white - the final major color to go on the jet. John Stahr checked over the masking to make sure it was all correct before shooting three coats of the bright white that ironically will probably …

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