Behind the scenes
During this momentary lapse of frantic activity, I thought I could take the opportunity to talk about what happens behind the scenes of a project like this.
As you might expect, it takes a lot of prep work to be ready for each stage of the project. For example, today I talked to some contacts to find a sponsor for our upcoming paint job. Painting Vintage Thunder will be a key part of the finished look, and it's very expensive. But we want to show people how to do it themselves, so I had a conversation with a very qualified fellow who produces painting videos for car buffs. Already, we are in contact with some major paint suppliers and our chances for getting a sponsor are looking good.
Brett and I have also been having email and phone conversations about the logistics of the next tasks. We need to buy supplies, some of which are relatively difficult to obtain because they are "NLA" -- No Longer Available. And it's useful to talk about possible solutions to problems we know we will face, so that we have a strategy when work begins.
I've also been working to update the budget (we've posted a new one on the Vintage Thunder homepage at www.airsteamlife.com/vintagethunder/index.html). And I'm still in negotiations with insurers, trying to get a "stated value" policy since they won't value the Argosy at anything above NADA book value (about $1000) otherwise. It's tedious and paperwork-intensive stuff, but it's all part of the game. The latest salvo has been a bunch of emailed photos. We'll see...