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December, 2001

December 2, 2001 - 5 hours
Riveted the top skins on. I didn't back rivet these and they seemed to turn out better. I had trouble keeping the rivets straight with the backrivetter. I also took the wing out of the jig! Now I can take down these two posts.

Two wings out of the jig and into the craddle!

December 2, 2001 - 4.5 hours
Primed all the aileron parts. Backriveted the stiffeners to the aileron skins, formed the trailing edge bend and started assembling the skeletons.

Stiffeners riveted to an aileron skin.

December 3, 2001 - 2.2 hours
I took down the emp/wing jig and cleaned up a little. Worked on the forward aileron skeletons some more.

December 6, 2001 - 2.2 hours
Attached the aileron hinges and aileron gap seal to the left wing, started on the flap brace.

December 8, 2001 - 4 hours
Finished installing both sets of aileron hinges, aileron gap seals and flap braces.

Outboard aileron hinge of the right wing.

Another view of the outboard aileron hinge.

Inboard aileron hinge

Aileron gap seal installed on the right wing.

Flap brace riveted to the rear spar of the right wing.

December 9, 2001 - 1 hours
Installed the aileron belcrank in the right wing.

December 9, 2001 - 6 hours
Drilled the ribs and spars of the right aileron, drilled and countersunk the counterbalance pipe, dimpled and countersunk all the holes and assembled the aileron. Also bolted on the hinge brackets.

Close up of the aileron counterbalance pipe riveted to one of the leading edge ribs.

Aileron spar, rib and counterbalance assembly.

Once all the clecoes are in I had to build up under the aileron to hold it straight while I finished drilling.

Riveting the top of the aileron was much easier once I clamped the spar down to some blocks to hold it steady.

Inboard side of the aileron. Notice the hole that had to be cut in the rib to access the nut that bolts the hinge bracket on.

Right aileron finished.

December 10, 2001 - 2 hours
Installed the right aileron on the wing and started drilling out the reinforcement plates on the left aileron.

December 11, 2001 - 1.5 hours
Finished putting the reinforcement plates on the aileron spar, riveted the leading egde ribs to the spar and riveted the counterbalance pipe to the ribs.

I clamped the aileron to the table as I drilled and riveted the counterbalance pipe to the ribs to help keep it from twisting.

December 12, 2001 - 2.1 hours
Finished Drilling all the holes in the left aileron and started deburring, dimpling and countersinking everything.

December 15, 2001 - 4.5 hours
Finished deburring and countersinking all the parts for the left aileron, and finished riveting it together.

December 16, 2001 - 2.5 hours
Mounted the left aileron to the wing. Cut, primed and assembled both aileron control rods. Installed and adjusted the control rods to the ailerons.

Close up of the Rod End assembly of the aileron push rod.

Completed aileron push rod.

Detail of the inboard hinge/push rod connection.

This shows the bellcrank and the push rod assembly with the bellcrank jig (the blue thing). The jig holds the bellcrank in the neutral position while the length of the push rod is set.

December 16, 2001 - 1 hours
Installed the nylon corrugated wiring conduit in the wings.

Both wiring conduits installed in the left wing. I put two in to separate RF signals from lighting signals.

This shows what the conduit look like protruding through the outboard rib.

I simply enlarged the aft tooling holes to locate the wiring conduit. It's hard to tell from this photo but there is about an inch of clearance between the conduit and the push rod.

December 17, 2001 - 1.3 hours
Cleaned up a little, got all the Flap parts out of storage and started fabricating the little reinforcement brackets.

December 18, 2001 - 1.5 hours
Finished fabricating the reinforcement bracket and started deburring all the edges of the flap parts.

This is the reinfocement bracket that rivets to the front of the flap spar on the inboard side.

December 19, 2001 - 1.5 hours
More deburring of flap parts

December 30, 2001 - 1.4 hours
Deburred the edges of the flap skins

January 3, 2002 - 1.1 hours
Fabricated the little F-708 spacers and and started fitting the ribs to the flap skins and spar.

January 8, 2002 - 1 hours
Drilled the flap ribs to the bottom skin and drilled the hinge to the bottom skin and spar.

Ribs drilled and clecoed to the bottom skin of the left flap.

January 12, 2002 - 1.2 hours
Finished drilling all the skins to the spar and ribs. Also drilled the little bracket to the forward side of the spar.

January 20, 2002 - 2 hours
Finished bending, drilling, countersinking and deburring all of the parts on the left flap.

January 21, 2002 - 2 hours
Still drilling holes in flaps but now I am on the right one.

January 22, 2002 - 1.3 hours
Drilled the top skin to the right flap ribs and spar and started drilling the brackets to the inboard rib.

January 27, 2002 - 4 hours
Finished drilling all the holes in the flaps, dimpled all the holes in the flaps and got all the parts scuffed and ready to prime.

January 30, 2002 - 0.75 hours
Decided to go back and work on the tail some more. I bolted the counterweights on the elevators and the rudder. Also got the fiberglass tips out and started contemplating fiberglass.

February 9, 2002 - 1.45 hours
Primed all the parts of both flaps.

February 10, 2002 - 4 hours
Riveted the actuator brackets onto both flap spars and inboard ribs. Started riveting the left flap together.

Detail of the little shim that I had to put behind each flap rib to get the spacing just right.

This is what the bottom of the left flap looked like when I gave up for the evening.

Photo of the actuator brackets riveted to a rib and a spar.

February 11, 2002 - 2.5 hours
Finished riveting the left flap together.

This is a bad picture meant to show how I cut off three of the hinge rings to allow for a two piece hinge pin istallation. I'll try to get a better picture later.

The finished left flap.

February 12, 2002 - 1.25 hours
Riveted the ribs to the bottom skin of the right flap

February 17, 2002 - 3.75 hours
Finished riveting together the right flap.

February 22, 2002 - 2 hours
Cut, cleaned and etched the aileron push tubes.

February 22, 2002 - 1 hours
Started fitting some of the fiberglass parts on the empennage

February 23, 2002 - 0.5 hours
Primed the inside of the aileron push tubes with the DuPont two part epoxy primer.

February 23, 2002 - 2.5 hours
Started cutting and fitting the wing tip to the right wing.

February 24, 2002 - 1.2 hours
Riveted the aileron push tube together.

Ends of the aileron pushtubes.

February 24, 2002 - 0.75 hours
Finished drilling pilot holes on the right wingtip.

Right wingtip clecoed to the wing after the trimming and pilot hole drilling has been done.

February 27, 2002 - 2 hours
Still trying to fit the right wingtip. Fit and drilled the W712 rib. I'ts going kinda slow but I want to get it right.

Fitting the W-712 rib to the trailing edge of the wingtip.

March 1, 2002 - 2.5 hours
Finished installing the platenuts on the right wingtip. Now all that tip needs is the lights and the lense cover.

March 2, 2002 - 6 hours
Started fitting the left wing tip. Vern came over and helped me make a couple of layups on the fiberglass tail pieces. It really helps to see it done once, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be

The rudder tip was too long to fit the rudder so Vern helped me trim the back off of it and rebuild the back. This is a shot of the first layup.

Another layup and the rudder tip is starting to look like the original. A little filling and sanding and it'll be as good as new.

March 3, 2002 - 5 hours
Did a couple more layups on the tips of the HS and elevators. While waiting for the shop to warm up and layups to cure I finished the rib and platenuts on the left wingtip.

This is the mess of bondo that I used to hold the plat to the HS tip. This is to keep it the right shape after it is removed so the fiberglass can be layed up on the inside.

Here is the HS tip with a few layups of glass in it.

A little filler and some primer and that'll look pretty good.

March 4, 2002 - 1 hours
Sanded and formed a couple of the empennage tips that I had layed up before. It was too cold to attempt any mixing of resin.

March 6, 2002 - 2.1 hours
Unpacked all the fuselage parts, and started the inventory. There is a bunch of stuff in that box.

Parts of the fuselage. I just thought there was a bunch of stuff in the wing kit.

March 7, 2002 - 2 hours
Finished the inventory of all the fuselage parts and started storing them away.

March 14, 2002 - 2.1 hours
Finished fabricating all of the pieces needed for the firewall. Deburred all the firewall pieces and started drilling it all.

March 15, 2002 - 2.2 hours
Finished drilling out all the holes in the firewall.

All the firewall parts clecoed to gether (except for the recess).

March 16, 2002 - 3.75 hours
Dimpled and countersunk all the holes for the firewall. Etched and primed the aluminum parts of the firewall.

March 17, 2002 - 2.6 hours
Riveted together most all of the firewall except for the aux fuel pump doubler plate. I messed it up and will have to rebuild it.

Finished firewall excpet for the recess which is left out for access to the rudder pedels and the little fuel pump dubbler plate that I will come back to later. (I don't want to have to mix a batch of primer just for that little plate)

March 18, 2002 - 1 hours
Started putting the center section together. I started out by drilling the holes for all the snap bushings.

March 24, 2002 - 1.5 hours
Drilled, deburred and started riveting parts to the center section.

March 25, 2002 - 2.1 hours
Finished riveting the side pieces to the center section. Drilled and trimed the control column mounts and made the little spacer tubes for the center section.

Here's a picture of the spacer bars installed. Notice the flush side of the rivet is forward. If it was the other way it would interfere with the wing spar.

These are the control column mounts. The area that is removed is for weight savings and the tape was there to keep aluminum trimmings out of the bearing.

March 27, 2002 - 1.6 hours
Installed all the platenuts on the center section bulkhead and started preparing the cover support ribs to go on the center section.

March 29, 2002 - 2 hours
Finished up the center section bulkhead and started getting parts ready for the F-705 bulkhead.

Forward Side of the F-704 Center Bulkhead Assembly

Aft side of the Center Section Bulkhead

The center section is temporarily assembled with some fake wood spars for spacing.

March 31, 2002 - 7.5 hours
Fabricated all the little seat brace parts of the F-705 as well as the rear spar attach bars. Drilled and deburred all the bulkhead parts and primed all the parts.

I used a piece of angle iron and one of the particle board cut outs from the emp jig as a bending jig for the seat brace.

April 1, 2002 - 2.25 hours
Finished assembling the F-705 Bulkhead.

Close up of the seat brace assembly part of the F-705 Bulkhead

Here is where the rear spar of the wing attaches to the fuselage. The red wire is there simply to hold the little spacer so that I don't lose it while I work on other things.

Finished F-705 Bulkhead. This is the bulkhead that is just behind the seats.

April 2, 2002 - 0.6 hours
Started deburring and fluting the F-706 Bulkhead parts.

April 15, 2002 - 0.75 hours
Started fluting and deburring the rest of the bulkheads.

April 18, 2002 - 2 hours
Still deburring and fluting the bulkhead parts.

April 20, 2002 - 6 hours
Finished deburring, fluting, drilling and fitting the rest of the bulkhead parts.

April 21, 2002 - 6 hours
Prepared the bulkhead parts for priming. Primed the bulkhead parts and riveted them togther. Cleaned up a little bit now that all the bulkheads are done.

Finished F-706 Bulkhead with the elevator belcrank support ribs attached. The F-729 (horizontal one) is riveted and the F-728 (vertical one) is clecoed for assembly later.

Close up of the attachment of the belcrank support ribs to the F-706 bulkhead.

Picture of the F-707, F-708, F-709, F-710 Bulkheads.

Here is the F-711 and F-712 bulkheads. The F-711 is the one with the ears. The rivets missing are for the tailwheel attach (bottom) and the cross member that will rivet to the aft deck (top).

April 21, 2002 - 1.5 hours
Mounted my vise to the table. Cut the F-718 R&L Longerons to length and started trimming the back of the longerons where they meet the rear F-712 bulkhead.

April 22, 2002 - 1.75 hours
Finished the trimming on the aft end of the longerons and started bending the longerons

This shows the trimming that is done on the aft end of the longerons where they attach to the F-712 bulkhead.

A padded vise, a sturdy table, a big hammer and a LOT of patience is all it takes to get those bends in the longerons. Notice the balsa wood template that I used to check the curve. I wouldn't have used balsa wood except that it is all that I had around at the time.

April 23, 2002 - 2 hours
Finished bending the longerons

Longerons with the shallow bend in them. It doesn't look like 3 hours worth of work does it?

May 5, 2002 - 5.5 hours
Drilled the aft caonopy decks to the longerons and finished bending and twisting both longerons. Started fitting the two aft bulkheads, the tail wheel spring mount and the lower tailcone skin together.

Bent and twisted longerons with the aft canopy decks clecoed on.

May 12, 2002 - 3 hours
Almost finished trimming and fitting the aft bulkheads to the tailwheel spring mount. Started assembling the tail section.

This is the trimming that is required for the bottom tail cone skin to fit around the tailwheel mount.

This is part of the tail clecoed together.

Another view of what the tail looks like clecoed together.

May 13, 2002 - 1.25 hours
Drilled the mounting hole for the tailwheel spring and still tweaking the fit of the tailwheel spring mount.

Drilling the mount for the tailwheel spring.

I still have a couple of holes to drill but this is pretty much what the tailwheel mount looks like between the two aft bulkheads.

May 14, 2002 - 1.2 hours
Finally got the tailwheel mount to fit like I want. Finished clecoing in all of the bulkheads to the rear fuse section. Flipped the fuse over and hung a couple of plumb bobs to check alignment.

May 15, 2002 - 2.75 hours
Rechecked the alignment of the fuselage and started drilling out holes.

May 16, 2002 - 3 hours
Finished drilling the holes in the rear fuselage section and started taking it all back apart, deburring and dimpling holes.

May 17, 2002 - 0.75 hours
Still deburring and dimpling

May 18, 2002 - 3 hours
Finished deburring and dimpling all the skins, and primed all the parts of the aft fuse section

May 19, 2002 - 8.5 hours
Reassembled the aft section and started riveting it together.

This is a shot of the rear skin joints. This intersection of skins seems to be a little confusing so I took a picture of it.

May 25, 2002 - 9 hours
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.

Here you can see the modified seat ribs. The inboard rib has the lightening hole enlarged for control column clearance and a piece of the top of the rib is made removable for installation of the controls. The second rib just has the lightening hole enlarged.

May 26, 2002 - 6 hours
Finished drilling all of the parts of the center fuselage section.

This is what the center fuselage section looks like clecoed together and standing upside down on the bench.

May 27, 2002 - 6 hours
Deburred, dimpled all the center fuselage section parts, and got them almost ready to prime.

May 28, 2002 - 1.2 hours
Primed the seat and baggage floor ribs as well as the other little parts of the center fuselage section

May 31, 2002 - 0.4 hours
Got the wife to help me rivet a few of the bulkhead to bottom skin rivets.

June 1, 2002 - 1.5 hours
Finished riveting the tail section except for the parts that will be done when joining the other sections of the plane.

June 1, 2002 - 3.5 hours
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.

June 2, 2002 - 1.5 hours
Riveted the center bottom skin onto the skeleton.

June 3, 2002 - 1.5 hours
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.

June 5, 2002 - 1.4 hours
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.

The longeron has to be notched to fit around the HS attach bars.

June 6, 2002 - 1.5 hours
Finished riveting the last of the seat ribs to the center bottom skin and bulkheads. Clecoed the center fuselage section to the tail cone.

This is the center fuselage section clecoed to the tail cone.

Here is the fuse with the forward side skins clecoed on.

This thing is starting to take up a lot of room in the garage.

Another view of the fuselage assembly.

These good looking girls are my rivet helpers.

June 8, 2002 - 2 hours
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.

Here is one of the arm rests drilled and clecoed to the fuse.

This is the setup that I used for bending the side skin.

This is what the bend looks like when finished.

June 11, 2002 - 1.2 hours
Finally got around to cutting the notches in the aft canopy decks. Started drilling the longerons.

June 13, 2002 - 1.1 hours
Finished drilling the longerons up to the aft edge of the center section bulkhead.

June 15, 2002 - 2.5 hours
Trimmed the forward end of the longerons to fit. Finished drilling the longerons forward of the center section. Started fitting and clamping the firewall

June 16, 2002 - 4 hours
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.

The firewall is drilled to the side skins.

June 17, 2002 - 2.5 hours
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.

Here is that joint where the F-713 meets the F-704 bulkhead.

June 19, 2002 - 3 hours
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.

F-684 L&R gusset plates

F-684-L gusset plate clamped in place with the top drilled and clecoed

F-902 Forward bulkhead clecoed in place.

June 22, 2002 - 5 hours
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.

This little angle pieces is the structure that the fuel tank attach brackets will later be attached too.

One completed brake pedal

June 23, 2002 - 6 hours
Finished building the brake pedals and assembled the whole brake/rudder pedal assembly. Also trial fit the rudder pedal assembly to the fuse.

I clamped a piece of angle to the bottom of the rudder pedals to hold them still while I worked.

I clamped a straight edge to hold the pedals together while I figured out where to drill the holes for the master cylinder.

The completed rudder/brake pedal assembly

June 24, 2002 - 1.4 hours
Still trying to fit and install the rudder pedal assembly. Trimed the center bracket that holds the rudder pedal assembly.

June 25, 2002 - 2.2 hours
Finally finished drilling the rudder/brake pedal attachment holes in the fuselage.

July 1, 2002 - 1.6 hours
Fluted, clecoed and drilled the aft bulkheads to the skin. Clecoed the baggage compartment side skins in.

July 6, 2002 - 5 hours
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.

Here is one of the finished F-684 fuse gussets.

I can't remember the part number but this is the attach point of the middle stiffener of the forward fuselage to the firewall.

July 7, 2002 - 0.5 hours
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.

July 20, 2002 - 2 hours
Drilled the floor stiffeners to the blukheads and the bottom skin

The forward bottom skin clecoed to the fuse and floor stiffeners.

Floor stiffener attach to the firewall.

Floor stiffener attach to the center section.

July 21, 2002 - 9 hours
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.

Flap actuator bushing.

July 22, 2002 - 2 hours
Deburring parts of the forward fuse.

July 23, 2002 - 2 hours
More deburring and countersinking of forward fuselage parts.

July 24, 2002 - 1.75 hours
More deburring and dimpling of forward fuselage parts. All I have left are the skins.

July 25, 2002 - 2.4 hours
Deburred the forward fuselage skins.

July 27, 2002 - 1.7 hours
Still dimpling

July 28, 2002 - 8.2 hours
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.

July 29, 2002 - 2 hours
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.

Forward fuselage structure before the floor skin and the side skins go on.

July 31, 2002 - 1 hours
Riveted one of the side plates to the side skin and peeled off a lot of plastic.

August 5, 2002 - 2.5 hours
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.

I used a level to check that the center section bulkhead is level.

I dropped this plumb through the bottom tooling hole of the F-711 bulkhead and made sure that it falls in line with the top tooling hole to check how straight the fuse is before riveting.

August 6, 2002 - 2.3 hours
Henry came over and helped me pound a few rivets in the side skins.

August 17, 2002 - 2.1 hours
More riveting of the fuselage. Shannon helped me and we got most of the rivets done forward of the F-704

August 18, 2002 - 6.6 hours
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.

Now the thing really looks like a boat.

This is just a shot of the inside of the cabin.

I cut slots in my false spar to allow me to level the fuse side to side. I also decided that the castors were a bad idea and took them off.

August 19, 2002 - 2.3 hours
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.

August 20, 2002 - 2 hours
Had to re-level the plane since my little 2x4 clamped to the tail idea won't work because I need to install the aft deck back there. :-( Anyway I just used the false spar stand to level the plane with nothing more than a sawhorse on the back. I also went ahead and riveted the aft side skins to the longerons up to where the top skins will go. Trimmed the F-757 gussets and dug out the seat belt anchors and other gussets from storage.

This is how the aft canopy side rail and the F-757 gusset go together

August 21, 2002 - 1.75 hours
Drilled the little angles to the F-710 and F-711 bulkheads. Fabricated the spacer and the forward elevator stop that goes under the aft deck and got the aft deck clamped onto the fuse.

The aft deck clamped into place.

August 24, 2002 - 1 hours
Drilled the aft deck to the longerons and bulkheads

The aft deck drilled to the fuse.

August 25, 2002 - 8 hours
Drilled the shoulder harness anchors to the longerons. Drilled the forward firewall gussets to the firewall and longerons. Installed the corrugated nylon tubing in the fusealge as a wire run. Installed the rudder cables and drilled the little Avery rudder cable fairings to the side skin. Finished up the bellcrank support rib and fabricated the little tubing spacers for bellcrank. Finished the stringers for the top fuselage. Started fitting the top skins and drilled the little gussets to the F-706 and F-707 bulkheads.

The shoulder harness anchors.

The forward fuselage to firewall gusset.

Corrugated Nylon tubing run through the fuselage for running wires to the tail.

August 31, 2002 - 2 hours
Drilled the top skins to the Fuselage.

Top fuselage skins drilled to the fuselage bulkheads.

September 1, 2002 - 1 hours
Started getting some of the baggage compartment walls ready to install.

September 2, 2002 - 5 hours
Installed another support under the baggage compartment for my fuselage wiring run. Rivted in the two side walls and the two floor skins of the baggage compartment. Started installing the rear baggage compartment bulkhead walls.

I decided to install an extra support for the wiring run under the baggage compartment floor since it was about to be covered for good.

This baggage compartment side wall installs permanently with blind rivets. There will be another forward of this one that installs with screws.

September 4, 2002 - 1.5 hours
Drilled the baggage compartment bulkhead covers, and made the little plastic wear guards for the shoulder strap anchor cables.

September 11, 2002 - 1.9 hours
Finished riveting the nutplates to the baggage compartment bulkhead. Removed the top skins to get ready for dimpling. Started installing the nutplates to the removable baggage compartment sidewall.

September 15, 2002 - 5 hours
Installed the forward baggage compartment side covers. I put in a bracket for the front end of my fuselage wire run conduit similar. It comes out right behind the forward edge of the non-removable seat skins. Installed the hinges to the bottom seat skins and riveted the seat skins to the fuse.

The hinge halfs are riveted on to the seat bottom for adjustment purposes. The other half of the hinge is on the seat back. This allows for three different positions of the bottom of the seat back.

It's slowly starting to look like the inside of an airplane.

September 16, 2002 - 2 hours
Installed the forward seat panels and fabricated the tunnel cover that goes between the seats.

This is the cover that installs over the tunnel where the elevator pushrod goes through the fuselage.

September 18, 2002 - 1.5 hours
Started building the seat backs. It's taking longer than it should because I need a bandsaw blade.

September 19, 2002 - 2 hours
Still building seat backs.

September 21, 2002 - 6 hours
Finished fabricating and fitting all of the seat back parts and started deburring, dimpling and preparing all of those parts for priming.

The parts are starting to look like a couple of seats

This part of how the seat back is adjusted. There are two notches built into the top of the bulkhead for the brace to fit into.

September 22, 2002 - 1.7 hours
Still deburring and preparing parts for priming

September 25, 2002 - 1.6 hours
Deburred and dimpled the top fuselage skins.

September 30, 2002 - 1.2 hours
Started fitting and drilling all the forward cabin covers.

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