Tammi helped me to rivet the bottom skin to the baggage ribs.
Riveted the baggage floor stiffener and outboard rib in place.
|Today’s Time (hours):||1.5|
|Fuselage Time (hours):||45.0|
|Total Time (hours):||499.5|
Tammi helped me to rivet the bottom skin to the seat ribs. This was her first experience riveting. She’s a natural!
Riveted the power outlet bracket to the center ribs.
Blind riveted the seat rib angles to the seat ribs.
Dimpled and fluted the baggage ribs.
Final drilled and machine countersunk the step attach weldment. Dimpled the step attach angles and riveted them to the weldments.
Riveted the weldments to the outboard baggage ribs.
Dimpled the step attach ribs and riveted the doublers and nut plates to them.
Riveted the step attach ribs to the outboard baggage ribs.
|Today’s Time (hours):||3.5|
|Fuselage Time (hours):||40.5|
|Total Time (hours):||495.0|
I finished inventorying and stowing parts from the fuselage kit and avionics.
Crimped the pins onto the aileron trim wires, added a heat shrink tube, and inserted them into the molex connector.
I centered the set the aileron trim using a 9-volt battery to drive the servo. I set the assembly in place on the wing and set the aileron to the neutral position. Then I marked the point where the aileron trim arm rested over the push tube. I remove the push tube and located the tabs 6 inches either side of the center mark. I match drilled and blind riveted them to the push tube. I attached the springs to the tabs.
I clecoed the inboard bottom skins in place on the wings. Ready to rivet.
|Today’s Time (hours):||4.0|
|Wing Time (hours):||264.0|
|Total Time (hours):||416.0|
Added a bead of tank sealant for the baffle. Clecoed the baffle in place. Riveted the baffle to the ribs and then riveted the z-brackets in place. Then riveted the baffle to the skin.
Installed the fuel drain, the fuel sender, AN fittings, and the fuel cap.
Machine countersunk the holes in the tank attach bracket for #8 screws.
The right tank is now complete and once the sealant has cured, I can pressure test it. Hoping to get the left tank to the same state tomorrow.
|Today’s Time (hours):||3.0|
|Wing Time (hours):||226.0|
|Total Time (hours):||378.0|
Same drill for the right flap… Just barely set the trailing edge rivets with the squeezer then set the shop heads flush with a mushroom set in the gun and a back riveting plate. I riveted the bottom skins with blind rivets. Then I installed hardware.
Emailed Van’s about my tank skins and heard back on Friday. The right skin is back ordered so they estimate that they will ship end of next week. I’ve got plenty to keep me busy until then… On to the Ailerons.
|Today’s Time (hours):||1.0|
|Wing Time (hours):||167.0|
|Total Time (hours):||378.0|
Worked on both left and right flaps simultaneously; performing each step on one then the other. Riveted the top skins and nose skins to the spars and then to the ribs. I back riveted the aft-most two holes in each rib.
Clecoed then riveted the bottom skins and nose skins to the spars. I had to stick my arm down between the skins, slightly pulling back the bottom skin to be able to back these rivets. Glad I deburred well. My arms were pretty well scraped by the end of this step.
Final drilled #33 and blind riveted the nose skins to the nose ribs.
Applied 3M double-sided VHB tape to the trailing edge extrusions. I clecoed the extrusions in place in the left wing, removing the bottom backing from the tape as I went. I let the VHB adhesive set up for an hour or so and remove the top backing form the tape; removing and replacing clecos as I went.
I let the top tape set up for a couple of hours. I clecoed and taped the trailing edge into the right wing at this point and moved on to riveting the left wing while the bottom tape set up.
I used the squeezer to just barely set rivets in the trailing edge. Then used a mushroom set in the gun with a back rivet plate to fully set the back of the double flush rivets.
I final drilled #33 all the bottom skin/rib holes and blind riveted. I used the squeezer to set solid rivets in the inboard and outboard end ribs. I installed the rod end for the flap actuator. Left wing done!
I removed the backing form the top tape on the right trailing edge. I’ll finish the right flap up in the morning.
|Today’s Time (hours):||6.0|
|Wing Time (hours):||166.0|
|Total Time (hours):||377.0|
Clecoed the outboard leading edge assembly to the left wing assembly.
Blind riveted the leading edge ribs to the main spar.
I set the the wing upright on the workbench and riveted the leading edge skin to the lower flange of the main spar.
I need a bucking partner to get the upper flange. Hopefully Remy will be available tomorrow evening.
|Today’s Time (hours):||2.0|
|Wing Time (hours):||122.0|
|Total Time (hours):||333.0|