A snapshot of a dope and fab shop
This is a scene from my past, the “dope and fabricating” shop.
As shop mechanics “dope” (paint) the Super Cub’s control surfaces,
an old guy, maybe the shop super, sits in a chair, reviewing how it used to be “back in the old days.”
The Cub’s wings can be seen resting upright in a rack behind the painters
as one man brushes the rudder with a doped aluminum undercoat, the man next to him sprays the ivory finish coat on the starboard elevator suspended from the overhead. The paint compressor can be seen in front of the blueprint table.
A blueprint can be seen spread out on the table inside as another man brings more blueprints in the front door.
Meanwhile, two mechanics out back fit the port elevator onto the Cub
as a “grease monkey” (that bears an odd resemblance to myself) works out front on the Cub’s engine with tools laid out on a portable table.
As with the Quonset hut, all figures are pinned to the base and removable, with the exception of the figure in the chair that is glued to the base. The Cub, held in place by scale wheel chocks, is also removable. I have more work to do on this display, primarily weathering the ground
that requires disassembly of the display, but I thought I would post my current effort and add more photos after the work is completed.
20 additional images. Click to enlarge.