Thursday, May 29, 2014

The painting of N614EF

It's been almost two months, since we dropped off the RV-7A in Hibbing. Not being able to fly (at least as PIC), and still needing to put a few bucks together to pay for as much of it as possible without adding to the outstanding loan on it, I told the great guys at Midwest Aircraft Refinishing to take all the time they needed to get it done.

But, I admit to being a little antsy about seeing the final product, of course, and George Virnig was good enough to send along some pictures.

Here's how it looked a couple of days ago:

There was a time when I considered painting the plane myself. I bought a larger air compressor than I really needed for construction. I bought the EAA book from Ron Alexander on how to paint your own plane. But I slowly came to realize that I couldn't possibly do anything dumber. I don't have the patience for the prep work that's required, I don't have the equipment or facilities, and I sure as heck don't have the expertise.

Not like the guys in Hibbing do.

Need proof?  Here's what George sent me today...

For reference, let's go back to the original design.

Things seem to be coming together nicely. I have an FAA physical next Thursday and pretty soon I'll have a determination whether I can get a special issuance to fly again.

A lot of people have asked me, "is the plane still for sale?"  Ask me next Thursday.


  1. Looking awesome! I'm looking forward to seeing the Teal Mobile in flight!

  2. Beautiful, Bob. The rich color next to the polished aluminum is so nice.
    Good luck on the medical!

  3. Wow--what a head turner! Good luck!!

  4. Sharp! I like the actual color even better!

  5. Teal Teal-Mobile lives.

  6. Bob, it's beautiful! Good luck with the medical!!!!!!

  7. I'm jealous. Been flying since '08 and just working on paint prep now. Hope to see you at KOSH, and best of luck with OKC.

    frazitl / N457RV