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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fuselage 3 hrs 230 hrs total

The past couple of nights I've worked on the second fuselage belly
Skin.









Monday, December 24, 2012

Rear fuselage skins 10 hrs

It has been a couple of weeks since i have been able to get any work done with the holidays. Finally was able to get back to work! The past two days I installed the side skins and the lower longeron angles. The plans call for an angle to be bent on the lower skins. In talking to other builders, many are substituting an angle for the flange. I opted that route. I also installed the bottoms skin between f6 and f8













Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rear fuselage. 4 hours

Today I spent a lot of time getting the rear fuselage straight, level and the f12 bulkhead plumb and square. With the splice in the longerons between f9 and f10 there was a slight dogleg in the longerons. I didn't realize this until I started putting a couple of bulkheads in place and seen that the centerline of the bulkhead wasn't lining up with the centerline of the table. Me and a friend pulled string lines and got everything where it needed to be. I cut one of my side skins and drilled the holes in the skin for the longerons. I clamped it in place and started to put my bulkhead tops and one side in place. Next I will mark the location of the sides of the bulkheads and drill the skins is the coresponding location



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fuselage. 4 hours

Today I put the other fuselage side Skin on and turned the fuselage over to start building the aft fuselage. I established my centerline and started working on the rear longerons







Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Installed control stick 1 hr

Tonight I assembled my stick assembly and installed the bearings and the stick. I also cut and clecoed the sound deadening angle to the firewall and clecoed the channel to the f3 bulkhead.







Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Control stick assembly 2 hours

The last two nights I have worked on the stick assembly. I had my parts welded at work and took them to a buddy with a milling machine. We drilled out the two 5/8 holes then milled out the area between them. Then we drilled the 3/16 hole that serves as the pivot point. My bushing came in today so we drilled the horizontal part of the stick assembly to 19/64(1/64 under the size of the bushing). We pressed the bushing into the hole then reamed the ID to 3/16 and filed the bushing down to the pipe. Very happy with how all of this turned out! Thanks Greg!





Sunday, November 25, 2012

F2 bulkhead, floor supports, misc 5 hours

Today I made the 3/4"angles that attach to the aft side of the firewall. I also made the f2 bulkhead and mounted it. I made and attached the two strips on the top of f1 and f2 that are used for fastening the fuel tank cover. I made the floor supports as well. I will take them to work tomorrow and bend them on a break









Saturday, November 24, 2012

Stick/misc. 6 hrs

Today i worked on my stick and other misc items. I also cut and clecoed the left skin between f3 and f5.







Friday, November 23, 2012

Forming bulkheads 5 hours

Today I remade the tail wheel attachment bracket that attaches to F12 for the third time. Got it right this time. I also formed all of the remaining bulkheads Now I am ready to start building the rear fuselage.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

F9, F10, and F11 bulkheads. 3 hours

The past two nights I've cut, drilled, filed, and deburred these bulkheads.
188 hours total

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bulkheads. 2 hours

Today I worked on f8 and f9 bulkheads. I cut both bulkheads out and drilled ,notched, and deburred f8. Time consuming! I think I'll make all bulkheads before moving any further with fuselage construction

Friday, November 16, 2012

Misc fuselage work. 2 hrs

Tonight I installed the other angle that goes from f3 to f5 and bolted the firewall to the upper longerons. I also installed the gussets on the upper longerons and rivets f3 to the angle.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

F3and f5 bulkheads 4 hours

The past few nights I've worked on the f3 and f5 bulkheads. I had to remake one of the f3 bulkheads because I bent both of them the same way. I also installed the angles at f3 and the diagonal angle from the aft portion of the landing gear to f5

Sunday, November 11, 2012

F6 bulkhead upper longeron 7 hours. 177 total hours

Today I cut, deburred, and riveted f6 bulkhead. I also fabbed one of the upper longerons and both upper gussets.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lower longerons etc 8 hours

I remade one of the lower longerons and both of the attachment feet. I mounted the firewall to the lower longerons and cut the blanks out for bulkhead f6.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lower longerons. 4hours

The last two nights, I cut the angles, drilled the bending holes and bent the lower longerons offsets and fabbed the attachment angles. I drilled the attachment angles and bolts them to the lower front longerons. I need to come up with a countersink bit now to countersink the screws that attach the attachment angles to the lower front longerons. I also cut the remaining form blocks for the fuselage bulkheads. All of my fuselage bulkhead forming blocks are now cut.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bulkhead forming blocks 5 hours

Today I worked on the forming blocks
For the bulkheads. Last night I
Drilled and deburred the bottom
Center section skin and it's ready for riveting. I'm about 80% done with the forming blocks