Fuselage

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…


Fwd Fuselage Structure 28-05

All the joints around the Muffler tunnel have to be sealed with Proseal. Messy old job. The Firewall assembly is then trial mounted to the Muffler and floor panels. MAJOR COCKUP. I had left the…


Fwd Fuselage Structure 28-04

The Muffler Sides are riveted to the floor panels after adding some gloup (Proseal) to keep oil sludge out of the cockpit. I back riveted the sides on which was successful but messy. Next the…


Fwd Fuselage Structure 28-02 to 28-04

Skin stiffeners and antenna doublers riveted to the Forward Bottom Skins. I had already enlarged the hole for the second comms antenna as I intend to fit a second box. In fact, having spoken to…


Fwd Fuselage Lower Structure 28-01

All parts prepped ready for construction of the Fwd Fuselage Lower Structure. I had already primed the floor panels but they needed to be dimpled. I am still undecided as to the finish on the…