Aft fuselage – not quite

Had to climb back in to set the rivets that hold the forward bulkhead to upper skin rib. Managed to do these with the squeezer as I couldn’t face using the gun inside an amplified…

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Aft fuselage 10-30 to 10-32

It’s finished! This has been a marathon but like all the sections, you always eventually get there. Upper side skins, and top skin riveted on. Getting inside the fuselage was fun, getting out even more…



Priming aft fuselage skins

A decent walk and I was up for the big spray. I did a lot more workshop prep this time as I’m sick of cleaning up smoke grey dust. The spray booth works but it…



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Aft fuselage 10-28 complete

Drilled the #12 and 1/4″ holes through the vertical stabiliser into the rear bulkhead. Vans says it is critical to ensure that these are drilled perpendicular to the bulkhead. For the #12 holes we used…


Aft fuselage 10-28

Vertical stabiliser temporarily installed to final drill the 1/4″ and #12 holes that secure the fin to the fuselage. Looks like a real aircraft! Just waiting for some 1/4-28 UNF wing nuts for the AN4-6A…


Aft fuselage skins trial fit RV14

Aft fuselage skins trial fit

All dimpling and deburring done. One minor boo boo when I dimpled a nutplate hole. It will be under a fairing and is easily reversed. I wanted to see how the skins fit before I…


Aft fuselage side skin

Aft fuselage 10-29 to 10-30

Side skins and upper skin prep – the usual deburring plus some artistic blue film removal.  Dimpling with Bill which sped up the process; I position, he does the hammer! Side skins edges and holes…


Aft decking

Aft fuselage 10-27 continued

Aft decking installed with the help of Hamish.  We used the squeezer for as many of the rivets as we could and used every single yoke and combination of set possible!  We had to set…