1. As Lynn may know, I offered support to the Erickson group/management/ownership quite a while back regarding their choice of paint scheme and it's reasonable attempt at authenticity. I was turned down and that's fine. (it's their airplane to do as they wish), but they were still open to accept donations. This changed to a conflict of interest for me. So off I went in my own direction to mind my own affairs with a big "best of luck" to the Erickson folks. Of which I sincerely mean't every bit of it.
2. #1 being said, there's always the chance they'll reconsider and accept an offer to apply a more authentic paint scheme to their HelloKittyschmitt. All it takes is an interest from someone willing to fork out some $$$ (a lot of it) and some persistence. .... but, even with deep pockets and a willingness to donate to someone else's toys, I wouldn't hold your breathe.
For those of us who greatly appreciate a warbird owner who goes the extra mile to not only spend un-Godly amounts of $$$ to restore these old airplanes to flying condition, but to actually go a bit farther to apply an accurate and/or authentic to the airframe dataplate paint scheme. These are the owners who have the utmost admiration and respect from the true enthusiasts. But unfortunately we are few and even more unfortunate they are fewer.
If I ever find myself annoyed that a particular warbird is not completely authentic to my standards, I always try to balance that annoyance with equal appreciation that someone would be willing to spend large sums of time and money to get the airplane to the state it is in, so that I have the opportunity to be able to critique it.
Seems similar in the modeling community as well.
This message has been edited by MarkAllenM from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Mar 20, 2017 1:48 PM
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