No, this isn’t a zombie story…or maybe…
Back in Mid April, I wrote about my Peanut Tailwind that got caught in a tree. Near the end of the long post, I said: “At least I can go visit its final resting place.” Indeed, I went by the tree nearly every day. We’ve had violent winds, thunderstorms, beautiful days, and even an earthquake (yes, in Michigan!) – and the plane remained stuck in the tree (except for one wing panel which had blown down about a week after).
Well, today, I dragged my dogs out there and looked up – the plane was not there! So I started looking on the pine-needle covered ground…nothing. It took a couple minutes, but then I saw it – it was now about 10 feet up and just sitting on a branch. I got a stick and coaxed it loose and it fell right to the ground. Another quick search located the noseblock and prop.
The model is really iin pretty good shape – the tissue suffered the most. Red Esaki is notorious (to me) for fading. Well 3-plus weeks of sun and rain really drained the color. There are also loose and missing patches of tissue.
Now…what to do. Well, for me, the choice is clear: repair and recover. This wouldn’t be too hard of a job if it weren’t for those tissue stripes – AND the gold letters. ~sigh~ Those letters were a pain to install. I am not good at lettering and these were particularly troublesome the first time around. So, do I leave as much of the original tissue as I can and recolor it – or do I strip it completely and start fresh, including new stripes and letters?
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