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The foundation of each Extreme Makeover is a well-maintained airplane with no damage history. N3871C meets those criteria and more, and is perfect for a makeover!

Equipment Removal & Inspection

Our first step is removing the old interior and sending out the engines to be overhauled. Then it’s time for an in-depth inspection of the airframe, begin the repairs and upgrades to the airframe, and remove the old avionics, wires, and servos.

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Airframe & Panel Cleanup

The airframe repairs & upgrades are well-underway, and the design of the new avionics panel will soon be finalized. All of the new avionics equipment has arrived, and is ready to be placed in its new home.

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Avionics Panel & Flight Controls

In our pursuit of the perfect avionics panel it takes planning, making improvements, testing, and improving again. The end result is an extremely capable, aesthetically pleasing, pilot-friendly flight control system that helps you manage the entire flight with ease.

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Airframe Upgrades

The airframe upgrades and new avionics panel are complete, and the Elite Series Blueprint engines are being assembled.

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Blueprinted Engines

Enjoy this insider's look behind the scenes as the engines are assembled, firewalls are prepared, and factory baffles are replaced with the new 58P Baron baffle kits from D'Shannon.

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Paint Stripping

The old paint is stripped off the airframe and any minor repairs to the metal surface are completed. Alodine and green sealer are then applied for corrosion protection and to improve paint adhesion.

A time-lapse video of the paint stripping process can be found here:

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Elite Diamond Coat Paint

The airframe and all individual parts are painted with multiple steps of base and clearcoat. The colors are pearl white and metallic silver, red & black. The end result is gorgeous, and we enjoyed showing her off at AirVenture.

A time-lapse video of the painting process can be found here:

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Interior & Finishing

The handcrafted interior is installed, and all the finishing touches are completed in preparation for delivery to the owner.

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