THE FORWARD FUSELAGE
11/25/2017: So this square tubing has to be cut dramatically to become a longeron for the sides of the fuselage.
11/25/17: This is what it looks like after 2 hours of cutting carefully, filing, and buffing on the scotch brite wheel.
12/1/2017: Starting the initial process of drilling, deburring and assembling the side panels.
12/1/2017: The process is lengthy because of all the different parts that have to be drilled, deburred and then finally riveted.
12/9/17: Riveting started on the side panels today. It is really starting to come together.
12/12/2017: Started today on mocking up the side panels and seeing the forward portion of the fuselage take place. The front firewall support is just cleco'd for now.
12/15/17: Today I brought up the floor pan from the basement and put it into place. I'll be using the existing pilot holes to drill into the side lower longerons and get this permanently fit soon.
12/20/17: Today I am drilling and riveting one of the firewall supports into the stainless steel firewall panel.
12/21/17: Today the firewall is mocked up and a lot of clecos are used to keep this whole thing together. Soon comes the updrilling, disassembly, deburring, reassembly and riveting.
1/04/18: Today marks the start of dimpling. I kept breaking the nails, beginning to think maybe the pneumatic gun isn't the way to do this.
1/10/18: After trying to figure it out I have dimpling using the Sonex dimple die and pneumatic riveter down to a science. Low 30 PSI is just enough to dimple quick and easy with a very good result.
1/15/18: The dimples and subsequent flush rivets ares going without a hitch!
1/20/18: I am pretty happy with how the wing tunnel looks in place.
1/20/18: Today with the help of Billy I finished dimpling and cleco'd the wing tunnel into place - fit with no bends and looks good. Billy approves!
1/20/18: Very happy with the
2/5/18: Today all the bolts securing the structure together were installed including some regular AN bolts and flush bolts as well.
2/5/18: The bolts holding the aft and forward substructures are being put in. These are flush into the longeron I imagine for the canopy at some point.
2/10/18: Today marked the finish of all the rivets in the firewall, the gussets holding it together and the rivets in the floor pan.