The wings got covered with Stits polyfiber and poly-tak. The poly-tak was allowed 24 hours to dry and we tried pulling the fabric up. There’s no way that fabric was gonna come off without pulling wood up with it so I can say confidently that it is secure. Absolutely more secure than the old fabric [...]

I don’t know the actual age of all the windows on my Tailwind, but they have all sustained their share of damage over the years. One of the back windows has a sticker for “Sun ‘n Fun 1976” so I can confidently assume that they are both over 40 years old. The two rear windows [...]

My Tailwind must be a liberal. There are nine gauges in the instrument panel and every one is a different brand. How’s that for diversity? Red arrow: Generic auto parts store oil temperature gauge held in place with zip ties Yellow arrow: Japanese brand oil pressure gauge Green arrow: No-name fuel gauge that isn’t hooked [...]

One of my most favorite things about flying is sightseeing. Looking down upon the earth. I love it. One of my least favorite things about my Tailwind is the lack of sideways visibility. I understand that some aircraft can’t have windows that exceed a certain size, but I never understood why more Tailwind builders didn’t [...]

The old belly panel was functional, but I didn’t want to reuse it. It was worn out and dented and since I’m replacing just about every other external part on my airplane I may as well do this too. I measured the hole locations on the original panel and used that info to design a [...]

There’s no turning back now. N11018 is officially Cub Yellow. Back when this whole project started, my initial plan was to have a bright matte white Tailwind when it was done. Just something simple that would be easy to add livery or decals to later on if I wanted. There was plenty of white and [...]

The polybrush was applied last week followed by the silver ultraviolet protective coating. I wasn’t around to get pictures of either of those. Today she got painted white in preparation for the final color of Cub Yellow.

One of the goals I have during this upgrade process is to make my Tailwind faster. I’ve read that fairing the gear legs has been shown to be worth an extra 10 knots and wheel pants can add 5 knots. I bought some ultralight wheel pants from a seller on ebay. There’s no indication that [...]