THE AFT FUSELAGE
Fuselage arrives10/4/17: Loaded the pallet on the pickup and noticed a lot fo damage so I took pictures at the yard before we left.
Crushed Canopy10/4/17: Yep - as suspected, something was definitely broken, the canopy and the metal glare-shield as well.
Plans SNB-0018!10/5/17: Well my plans number is Sonex Model-B 18! I also decided I needed a dedicated table for my plans so I built one with some spare plywood. It works pretty well!
First screw-up10/6/17: Read your plans!!! I mistakenly drilled the inspection plate on the bottom and rudder cable pass through on the top. I'll fix it, no use getting a whole new skin.
Fuselage Selfie!10/6/17: Feeling pretty good with how things are going with the exception of the drilling mistakes.
One down one to go10/10/17: Got the right side of the aft cone box done - working on the left side now.
Airplane Noises?10/10/17: Can I make airplane noises yet? Just set the vertical stabilizer on there for fun, it will be secured a long while from now.
Precision!10/12/17: It is pretty cool how everything lines up, like these holes for the rudder cable.
More Crossbars10/12/17: Setting more and more crossbars. Getting ready to flip, square it all up and drill the bottom skin to be riveted later.
Lots of helpers!10/14/17: My Emma helping me cleco more parts into place. I have it upside down and am drilling the bottom skin (to be installed later). I love having the kids help out!
Bottom Skin10/18/17: The bottom skin is in place to be pilot drilled and will not be installed until one of the last items after the wings are in place.
Turtledeck Skin10/15/17: The turtledeck halves are riveted together waiting to be placed on top of the aft fuselage.
Turtledeck in Place10/15/17: The turtledeck skin is bent into place and the pilot holes drilled and cleco'd in place.
Cramped Quarters10/17/17: It is kind of tight in the back of the fuselage to work and place the formers for the turtledeck in place. I made the saw horses 48" high and even still, I am cramped at 6 feet tall!
The Porcupine!10/21/17: No those aren't the prickly needles on a porcupine but all the hundreds of clecos necessary to temporarily fasten the turtledeck skin to the structure. It will all have to be updrilled, removed, deburred, put back together and riveted!
Turtledeck Done!10/27/17: It looks fantastic and yes I put the horizontal stabilizer on to make more airplane noises!
Blue Vinyl?10/29/17: Got some wicked cool samples from Vvivid including this matte metallic blue that I believe will be the main covering of the plane.
Cross Tie Cleco'd11/2/2017: Bolted on the top and bottom forward fuselage mounts and ready to rivet the forward crosstie bottom.
Model-B is Different11/4/17: Completed riveting the turtledeck to the forward most formers and I like how there is a new design style for your head when sitting. It was interesting putting it together. Now to finish riveting the crosstie bottom and mount the actuator brackets.
Actuator Brackets11/10/17: This is where the electric flap actuator mounts to the plane. I am surprised at why it is so high up, but I am sure it will make sense in the end. This plane will have electric flaps and electric elevator trim.