Well the weekend is done and I had a nice long 4 days to work on the airplane....and work I did! I think I put in at least 40 hours in that 4 days and my body is telling me so. Lets get to it shall we...what did I accomplish in those hours? Well not a lot of pictures to show but here is the list.
- Countersunk the longerons (this took forever!)
- Prepared about 40 different parts for priming. This includes a lot of organizing of the garage, hanging of plastic, wiping parts down with lacquer thinner, and staging them for etching on Friday.
- Turkey day so about all I got done was the etching of the parts and the priming of most of them
- finished priming the parts that I hadn't got to on Friday and started assembling the fuselage again.
- Tons and tons of "little details" that needed to be taken care of before I can start riveting the fuse together. I know I missed a few but hopefully they wont be hard to fix when I finally figure out what they are!
- Finished assembling the fuse, took care of a bunch more "to-do's" and prepped for riveting. A friend came over to help with the riveting. THANKS Shane!
Enough of that...I'm sure there was a ton of other things to tell you about but here are the few pics I took.
|My "jig" for countersinking the longerons.|
|This is my idea of a paint booth. It didn't do a great job but at least it kept most of the priming dust off of the rest of the garage.|
|The inside of the paint booth after I had completed my first priming session. Lots of white in here.|
|Here is a picture I couldn't resist taking. Its the inside of the fuselage before I got the side skins hung.|
|Oh yea, my bugaboo. If you look at the big angle up at the top of the picture you will see a gap as if its sitting crooked. Well, its not, the darn thing (and its brother on the other side) are actually not square. I checked the stock I used to make the part and it wasn't square either!! To fix this I had to drill out all those rivets and put it in my vice to "persuade" it into the correct position. Thats ok, I also decided to re-prime the firewall aluminum. As you can see from this pic the 7220 primer does not hold up well.|
|Ah yes, Shane running the rivet gun. I can't tell you how helpful it was to have him here!|