Three Questions I Need Help With
1. Do I need to paint the underside of my RV7? I polish the metal topsides but leave the bottom of undersides of the wings, fuselage and tail feathers as is. I’m planning on having topside trim painting done next year, and was thinking about having the underside painted “silver” that will closely match the polished surfaces. But lately I’ve been rethinking the need (and expense) of painting the undersides. I hanger the plane within the DC Metro area so humidity is always a consideration. Still, aside from appearances, is there any real reason to paint the undersides? Ivan, feel free to jump in here….
2. Has anyone reshaped the RV7 control stick to allow for my crotch room and to move the grip forward for better confront for us long-armed pilots? I’ve thought about just bending the stick some at the base, bending an arc akin to the 12, cutting and welding a zig-zag near the base, etc. I don’t want to tackle changing the way the stick currently mounts at the base so whatever I do will have to be to the stick itself. I should add that I doubt that I have the expertise and/or necessary equipment to do any of this so I’ll need to reach out to the community for help building/bending whatever way I decide to go, unless there is someone who already sells modified sticks.
3. This question relates somewhat to question 2, above. I just noticed that he pilot-side (left) stick is 1” OD however the passenger-side (right) stick is 7/8” OD. Is this standard?