January 5, 2021
The lower fuselage is made up of two main pieces the Aft section or the Tail Cone and the Forward section. They are joined together by the skins at the baggage compartment bulkhead. The forward section has the firewall, center section, seat ribs, baggage compartment and the skins that hold it all together.
Modified the four inboard seat ribs. Deburred the edges of the seat and baggage floor ribs. Clecoed the seat ribs, baggage ribs, to the bulkheads and clecoed the center bottom skin to this assembly.
Finished drilling all of the parts of the center fuselage section.
Deburred, dimpled all the center fuselage section parts, and got them almost ready to prime.
Primed the seat and baggage floor ribs as well as the other little parts of the center fuselage section
Riveted the seat ribs to the center section bulkhead and the seat back bulkhead. Also riveted the baggage floor ribs to the seat back bulkhead.
Riveted the center bottom skin onto the skeleton.
Clecoed and drilled the seat and baggage floor skins to the skeleton as well as drilling the outside seat ribs to the center section bulkhead.
Cut the notches in the longerons so that they will fit around the bars that hold the HS to the Fuselage. I also mounted the longerons on the aft fuse section.
Finished riveting the last of the seat ribs to the center bottom skin and bulkheads. Clecoed the center fuselage section to the tail cone.
Drilled the arm rests to the side skin and bulkhead. Fit the F-623's to the bottom skin and bent the curve on the back of the F-770 side skins.
Finally got around to cutting the notches in the aft canopy decks. Started drilling the longerons.
Finished drilling the longerons up to the aft edge of the center section bulkhead.
Trimmed the forward end of the longerons to fit. Finished drilling the longerons forward of the center section. Started fitting and clamping the firewall
Finished fitting and drilling the firewall to the fuselage assembly. Fabricated the F-717 longerons and the F-719b clamp pieces and started trying to fit the F-713 longerons. I ran into a little snag on the F-713 see the note.
Fitted and drilled the F-713 Aux. Longerons and the F-719 stiffeners to the side skin. Also started preparing and twisting the F-717 lower longerons.
Fabricated the F-684 gussets and drilled them to the lower longerons. Fluted and straightened the F-902 forward bulkheads and clecoed them to the skins. Fitted the F-7101 gear attach plate and clecoed it in place.
Installed the angle and spacers where the fuel tank attach bracket will attach. Finished drilling all of the forward fuselage structure and started putting the brake pedals together.
Finished building the brake pedals and assembled the whole brake/rudder pedal assembly. Also trial fit the rudder pedal assembly to the fuse.
Still trying to fit and install the rudder pedal assembly. Trimed the center bracket that holds the rudder pedal assembly.
Finally finished drilling the rudder/brake pedal attachment holes in the fuselage.
Fluted, clecoed and drilled the aft bulkheads to the skin. Clecoed the baggage compartment side skins in.
Remade and drilled the F-684 gussets. Drilled the remaining parts of the forward fuselage compartment structure and finished up drilling some of the other odd and end holes that were still undone.
Realized that the floor stiffeners that I have are wrong and will have to get some replacements from Van's. Not much else to do but I drilled the holes in the forward bulkheads for the rudder cables and went back and drilled the holes in the flap bushings since I had forgotten to do that before.
Drilled the floor stiffeners to the blukheads and the bottom skin
Disassembled the fuselage for deburring and dimpling. Countersunk the longerons, dimpled the aft section of the fuse where the longerons attach. Deburred and dimpled all the parts of the center fuse section and finished drilling the flap bushings while I had it all apart.
Deburring parts of the forward fuse.
More deburring and countersinking of forward fuselage parts.
More deburring and dimpling of forward fuselage parts. All I have left are the skins.
Deburred the forward fuselage skins.
Finished all the dimpling, primed all the forward fuse parts. Installed all the platenuts on the seat ribs and ran a tap through the outer seat ribs since they will be so close to the skins. Started putting the forward fuselage back together and riveting all the things that must be riveted before the side and bottom skins go on.
Finished up the rivets and bolts of the forward fuse that have to be done before the skins go on, and started finishing up all the rivets that were left undone on the tail cone.
Riveted one of the side plates to the side skin and peeled off a lot of plastic.
Finished riveting the tail section. Riveted the center section plate to the left side skin, and clecoed both side skins to the frame. Clecoed the floor skin and floor stiffeners to the frame and checked whether the whole thing was straight.
Henry came over and helped me pound a few rivets in the side skins.
More riveting of the fuselage. Shannon helped me and we got most of the rivets done forward of the F-704
Finished riveting the lower fuselage together, and turned the 'canoe' over. Also installed the false wing spars and built a little castoring stand for it. I temporarily put the seat skins in and sat in my airplane for the first time and made airplane noises.
Finished up the last rivets of the bottom of the fuselage. I left the angles off of the F-710 and F-711 bulkheads where the aft deck attach because I thought that I could make them fit better if I waited until the longerons were on. I will be able to make them fit better but I need a better right angle drill to get in there. I made those two angle pieces. Also leveled the fuselage.
Finished the eyebal vents. Did some last minute adjustments on the Rudder Pedals. They seemed to stick more than I would like so I spent some time fine tuning them.
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