Travis came over and helped me with the last of the skin riveting before we left for vacation. That was a huge help to me. I almost hope he decides to build an airplane some day because he has an amazing ability to visualize parts as well as read the plans. Anyway in addition to the skins I was able to finish up the rear vents (which I don't really like but...) and I've finished riveting the front floor skins in. Actually I'm not 100% done with the front floor skins because I still have a few side rivets to put in that will have to wait until I am done with the fuel pump mount that goes in the tunnel.
The only steps left for this section is to rivet in two side ribs (which should go pretty quickly) and to install the main landing gear weldments. That last step will probably be a bugger since it involves many bolts and holes that all have to line up properly...and never do...depending on the temperature in the garage, the phase of the moon and how I position my head while banging it on the wall. :-)
I'm probably going to step forward to the next section before I try to install the gear weldments. I have a couple of shims that I need to prime before I install the weldments and the steps (next section) are made of steel and need priming also. If I'm going to mix up a batch of primer I might as well try to use all of it.
|Did I mention we went on vacation?
|Yep, definitely vacation...
|meanwhile back at home.... and this was only the first night...there was even more snow fall after we left for the Dominican Republic...24" in fact!
|Floors riveted in place.
|Outside of rear side vents installed.
|Inside of rear side vents installed.
|And a really hard to see picture of the fuselage with the side skins riveted on...no cleco's except those that wont be removed until I do the firewall steps later on.