Manual work is time-consuming, this also applies to the Aero C 104
July 19, 2022by Milan Mikulecký Posted in Aero C 104, Planes
Reconstruction, but also repair of historic aircraft is a time and money consuming operation. Although we work really intensively on the Aero C 104.237, every day with four people, sometimes even five, there are some jobs that simply cannot be sped up. One of them is painting tactical codes and emblems. In 1947, these markings were painted with a brush, by hand. It was a job for a letterer. The problem is that if we spray painted the tactical number and the insignia, as is commonly done today, you wouldn’t see the brush strokes. So, we’re doing it the old-fashioned way.
The Aero C 104 is back in its original 1947 livery
July 10, 2022by Milan Mikulecký Posted in Aero C 104, Planes
After two days of intensive work in the paint shop, we are done. Aero C 104.237 is completely in the same color as it left the production line at the Aero factory in Prague – Vysočany in 1947. The paint on all surfaces is RLM 02. Now we are waiting for the addition of the fuselage markings, fuselage codes and minor markings. And, of course, the reassembly of the whole aircraft.
A big thanks to DSA a.s., in whose new paint shop at the Prague – Kbely base the aircraft got back its original look. And to the company Česká aviatická for the organization and realization of the painting.
Wings for Aero C 104 are like new
July 8, 2022by Milan Mikulecký Posted in Aero C 104, Planes
While the canvas on the fuselage of Aero C 104.237 was preserved (albeit at the cost of more than 60 hours of work), all other surfaces had to be repainted. After removing the old canvas, we had the opportunity to inspect all the woodwork and glued joints. The layers of old paint were then sanded off and new paint applied. Then it was possible to coat the wings, ailerons, elevator, and rudder with new canvas. This was followed by three layers of base paint applied by brush and one sprayed. We would like to thank Aeroengine and Česká aviatická for their help. The next step would be a trip to the paint shop.
Testing the correct color shade for the Aero C 104
June 29, 2022by Milan Mikulecký Posted in Aero C 104, Planes
Friday was marked by the cleaning of Aero C 104
June 27, 2022by Milan Mikulecký Posted in Aero C 104, Planes
After we managed to completely disassemble our Aero, we cleaned all its parts and components. For some of the parts we had to use some good old fashioned sanding in addition to chemicals, especially the red paint didn’t want to say goodbye. All parts were also checked for any cracks. The next step will be spraying with primer and fine sanding in preparation for the final paint job.