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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fuselage right side up 1 hour

Today I built a wooden landing gear to set the airplane on and turned it right side up. Looks really cool. Looking like an airplane

Forward fuselage skins. 5 hours

Today I worked on the remaining forward fuselage skins. I cut, drilled, trimmed, deburred, and filed smooth the remaining skins. I finally got all of the skins to the fuselage clecoed on minus the skin under the landing gear which I don't have yet. I also mounted the tailwheel spring.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Drilling, trimming 1 hour

Tonight I trimmed the lower fuselage skin between the firewall and the landing gear. Then I clamped it to the longerons and drilled holes through the longerons. I removed the skin and deburred all of the holes and files the edges smooth. I will dimple the holes in the skin that fasten to the longerons next and countersink the longerons to accept a solid countersunk rivets to hold the skin until I fasten the side skins

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Front lower skin 1 hour

Tonight I rough cut the front lower skin between the landing gear and the firewall. Then I drilled a row of rivet holes along the straight parts of the channel forward of the landing gear and along the firewall. I placed the skin on the plane and clecoed each one at the center line and worked outward. I predrilled the firewall bulkhead tabs and took ratchet straps and pulled the skin around the radius of the firewall. Then I back drilled the tabs on the firewall through the skin. I marked the raw edge of the tabs on the firewall to trim the skin to. Then I marked the edges of the front lower longerons to cut too. Next I will remove the skin, trim to my lines, then reinstall the skin and clamp the sides to the lower front longerons and drill the rest of the holes through the firewall and into the longerons

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Riveting fuselage 1 hour 255 total hours

Tonight I riveted the left side fuselage skin and the belly skin. I plan on leaving the right side clecoed for now in case i need to access any more of the fuselage

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rudder cable and deburring 9 hours

Today I ran the other rudder cable, trim cable, and a polyethylene tube to run wire in for the tail light/strobe. I also deburred all of the rear fuselage skins and filed the edges smooth. I introduced my son to the deburring tool. He thought it was " fun". Glad he likes it. I reinstalled the skins with clecos then removed for some final trimming. After that I reinstalled the skins and am ready for riveting. I plan on riveting one of the side skins and the bottom skin then leaving the other side attached with clecos so I have access later if needed. I also fabricated the angle pieces that secure the rudder control cables at the rear of the fuselage.

Rudder control cables 3 hours

Today I ran one of the rudder control cables. I also made the cut in the skin for the control to pass through.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Deburring 1 hour

Tonight I deburred and filed smooth some of the tail cone skins. I've got a bunch of deburring and smoothing of edges to do!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Elevator pushrod 5 hours

Today I worked on running the elevator pushrod from the stick back to the area between f11 and f12 bulkheads. Took some time getting the bearings lined up so the pushrod slides effortlessly. I also got some nut plates from a friend and worked on attaching them to the inspection plate backers. I removed the rear skins and started deburring the fuselage. Next I will run my rudder cables and trim control

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rear inspection plates 3 hours

Today I fabricated the two rear inspection plates between the f11 and f12 bulkheads. I still have to drill and rivet nut plates on them

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Deburring. Rear belly skin. 3 hrs

Today I drilled all of my 3/32" holes out to 1/8" and removed the skins for deburring. I got all of the deburring done on the longerons and bulkheads. I also finished my skins on my belly between f10 and f12.