New update! Paint prep on this thing just takes forever. So first off, I've got to get the rest of the fabrication done. Have to, have to, have to. Mounts in the spine for the stands. Some giant inserts for 5/16" all thread. They require a 17/32" hole. Has anyone ever seen that bit??? So I drilled a 1/2" hole and filed it out to fit. Then I epoxied the two inserts in because the fit was a bit loose. Next up was to finish the head and tail. The thin gauge aluminum I originally used to stiffen the head and tail was way too floppy, so I replaced it with .08" aluminum. Then I bent and cut some more .08" Al to make end covers for the front and back. This back plate is where I'll mount my I/O brackets. Right now it's just got 2 mod blocks holding it at the top because I ran out of blocks, but I'll get some more and put 2 more at the bottom. Now we need some armor pieces to clean up the head and tail. I'm using the same 1/8" acrylic as the rest of the armor. Little heat and bending... Finished product before paint prep. Next up is our mystery part. What's it gonna be??? Starting with a 4' long, 1" red acrylic rod. I wacked it in half. And then applied TONS of heat. OMG it took so much heat to get this stuff bendable. Torch level. My heat gun was useless. That's as far as I got with the acrylic rod so far. You can only try to set your shop on fire so much in one day, lol. With that stuff going on and getting finished, the paint prep has continued and I've even put some paint down. I rattle canned some of the interior sections just because the finish isn't as important and it's easier as far as set up and timing. I also managed to get the legs painted. When I painted the legs on Scout, I used wire to hang them, but that was really a pain and led to issues with runs since it's hard to hold and manipulate the leg on a wire and still keep the gun distance, so I needed a new method. So I made leg sticks! I just chopped up some 1/4" dowel and stuck them in holes in a board. Then I put the legs on those. I worked pretty well, except next time, I'll make sure to leave more space in between. After the primer and a little sand, it was time to try out my new toy, an Iwata LPH-80 with 3M's PPS cup setup. It's just a little trim gun, but it's so nice! I've been happy with cheap guns for getting into painting, but this thing seems perfect for the size of jobs I'm doing. I can't wait to see how it does on a full panel. And the cups make clean up so easy! And yes, that is yellow. Viper Racing Yellow to be exact. Racing colors make computers faster, right? I'm using a single stage urethane for everything I'm shooting. I might clear coat some parts, but it's not really necessary with this paint. Just shoot it and it's done. This just makes me think of the table flipping over and running away! Nice and shiny! Hopefully with a little more painting, I can start assembly and wiring.