Dimpled the bottom skin and riveted stuff to it.

Dimpled the bottom skin. Today’s word of the day: unwieldy.

 

 

Riveted the doublers and stiffeners to the bottom skin.

 

 

Dimpled the gear brace bracket and machine countersunk the gear brace bars. Riveted the gear brace assembly together and then riveted it to the skin.

 

 

Clamped the lower fuselage substructure to the bench and clecoed the skin to it. Ready for riveting.

 

 

Today’s Time (hours): 6.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 37.0
Total Time (hours): 491.5

 

Assembly continues

Fluted the outboard seat and baggage ribs to mach the curve of the bottom skin. Riveted nut plates to the seat ribs.

 

Bolted and riveted the seat ribs to the bulkhead assembly.

 

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Riveted the seatbelt lugs and routing angles to the baggage ribs.

 

Riveted the aft bulkhead to the seat rib assembly. Drilled and riveted the doubler to the bulkhead. Fabricated and riveted together the idler bearing assembly and riveted to the bulkhead.

 

Clecoed the bottom skins together and match drilled some holes. Cut the landing gear leg openings in the forward skins. Machine countersunk the doublers and dimpled the skin stiffeners. Drilled the 9/16″ hole in the skin with a step drill. This hole will be used to mount the transponder antenna.

 

 

Today’s Time (hours): 5.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 31.0
Total Time (hours): 485.5

 

Primed all the parts and began assembly

Primed all the mid fuse lower structure parts. There are a lot of them!

 

Riveted the doublers to the baggage ribs.

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Dimpled the seat ribs. Riveted in the nut plates. Riveted the bushing clips to the ribs. Riveted in the rib doublers. Riveted in the routing angles. Riveted the crotch strap brackets to the ribs.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 4.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 26.0
Total Time (hours): 480.5

 

Scuffed all the parts

Scuffed all the parts.

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Peeled, Deburred, and scuffed the bottom skin.

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Hit Harbor Freight today… Picked up a stand for my grinder and a new HVLP paint gun. Using the grinder on the bench has been a bit of a pain. Up to this point I was using a small touch-up gun for all of my priming. For the bigger sessions, I would have to refill the paint cup multiple times. This gun has a bigger cup and is better quality.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 20.0
Total Time (hours): 474.5

 

Began work on mid fuselage lower structure

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Picked and inspected all the parts. There are a lot of them.

 

Cut all the parts that needed to parted using hacksaw, bandsaw, and Dremel. Pro tip: peel the parts BEFORE you cut them. Otherwise there are a lot more of them to peel. Duh!

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Peeled all the parts.

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Ready for edge deburring.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 3.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 16.0
Total Time (hours): 470.5