Fuselage

Fwd Mid Fuse Side Structure 29-07

Jumping forward again until I can get some priming done. I separated the Cowling Hinge Shims and then moved onto fabricating the cowling hinges. There are 2 lengths of piano hinge supplied with the fuselage…

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Fwd Mid Fuse Side Structure 29-05 to 29-07

I had jumped forward a couple of pages as installing the Control Column Assembly required a good run of patience. It involves bolting one side to the bearing bracket after inserting a set pattern of…


Fwd Mid Fuse Side Structure 29-04 to 29-06

With the structure up on its side we were able to get on with riveting the joins together. It’s a complicated little pattern which slowed us down constantly referring to the rivet layout. I had…


Fuel lines

I have cheated and bought preformed fuel pipes from Aircraft Specialty in the States. Apart from the thieves at Border Force who don’t understand their own rules and charged me Duty, the pipes look spot-on…


Fwd Mid Fuse Side Structure 29-04

We put the structure up on its side using the jig and wooden dowels. It was all quite stable but I became paranoid about the dowels and so have ordered some bolts. The structure is…


Fwd Mid Fuse Side Structure 29-02 to 29-04

New chapter and it is really starting to look like a big aircraft. First job was to prime the skin where the forward and bottom skins overlap. I had already done this but the wrong…


Fwd Fuselage Structure 28-10 to 28-11

Finished riveting the Battery Box to the firewall. The Cover Panels are riveted to the Cover Brackets and ribs. Some of the rivets can be squeezed but there isn’t enough space at the most inboard…


Fwd Fuselage Structure 28-08 to 28-10

The Forward Center Section Bulkhead Assembly is now bolted and riveted to the Firewall assembly. The bolts are easy, the rivets not so. To rivet the Tunnel Sides to the assembly, I reversed the direction…


Fwd Fuselage Structure 28-07 to 28-08

The tunnel sides are riveted to the floor panels. We did this with the structure on its side. Easy riveting for a change. The tunnel sides need to be riveted to muffler sides. The Routing…


Fwd Fuselage Structure 28-05 to 28-07

All the joints have to be sealed with Proseal which takes a little planning. I used a syringe to put the required 1/16″ bead around the floor panels and the curved parts of the Muffler…