Firewall 27-04

There is quite a lot of dimpling to be done on the steel firewall panels to accept the firewall angles. Of course, these angles have to be countersunk to accept the dimples. I got a…

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Firewall 27-03

The Nose Gear brackets need to be riveted to the firewall angles and the tunnel sides. Some of the 470AD4-6 can be set with the squeezer and longeron yoke but the remainder are unreachable. I…


Firewall 27-02 to 27-03

All parts for section 27 deburred and primed apart from the stainless steel items. These took quite a bit of deburring particularly where the holes had been punched. I used a selection of needle files…


Firewall 27-01

Here we go again! All parts found for the firewall. The firewall gussets are in bag 3063 which I discovered after 30 mins of looking for them on the shelf. I should have consulted the…


Fuselage 26-21 to 26-22

This hasn’t been my favourite part of the build but it’s finished. Riveting the baggage ribs to the bulkhead presented an issue where I couldn’t get the gun on the baggage rib side due to…


Sollas fly-in beach landing

A fantastic day out in a friend’s RV6 to the Sollas fly-in on North Uist. There can’t be many places where you can do this and it was totally awesome. The sand was smooth, solid…


Fuselage 26-14 to 26-20

Fuselage bottom skin mounted vertically to assist with riveting the bottom skin. Just had to wait for assistant riveter to come off night shifts. There are a couple of rivets which are virtually obscured by…


Fuselage 26-11 to 26-14

Doublers and skin stiffeners back riveted to the Centre Bottom Skin. I had a few issues with back-riveting the 426-4 rivets and they aren’t as consistent as I would like but they are acceptable. I…


Fuselage 26-08 to 26-11

Tonight I added the F-01405 bulkhead to the Inboard Seat Ribs. Once this is done a bulkhead angle is match drilled and then riveted to the bulkhead. Although it shows where not to rivet this…


Fuselage 26-02 to 26-07

A goodly amount of construction now and the section is looking like a bit of an aeroplane. Lots of stiffeners, routing angles, nutplates and brackets for the seat belts to be riveted to the seat…