Completed baggage area (Section 32)

Machine countersunk the baggage floor splice plate and riveted in place.

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dimpled the flap motor channel and installed the nut plates. Then riveted it in place. Riveted the flap motor brackets to it.

 

Riveted the baggage side walls in place.

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Bam! Baggage area. Done.

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Today’s Time (hours): 3.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 155.0
Total Time (hours): 609.5

Finished the Forward Mid Fuselage Side Structure (Section 29)

Match drilled the side gussets to the upper longerons and Machine countersunk the holes in the gusset.

 

Riveted the cross brace to the fuselage.

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Riveted the gussets and intercostals into place. Bolted on and torqued down the roll bar braces.

 

Trimmed and scuffed the NACA ducts for the fresh air vents. The instructions recommended waiting until section 35 to assemble and install.

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This was a really long section but the result is really rewarding…

 

Next up I attach the aft fuselage! Exciting next step.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 129.0
Total Time (hours): 583.5

Finished riveting left side

Riveted the web stiffeners to the main bulkhead webs.

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Riveted the nut plates to the root faring angles and lower skin. Then riveted the root faring angles to the left side skin

 

Bolted the left bulkhead bar back in placed and torqued it down.

 

Removed the right landing gear bracket in preparation for riveting the right side skin to the fuselage.

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In other exciting news, my engine arrived from Lycoming!

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Today’s Time (hours): 5.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 123.0
Total Time (hours): 577.5