Riveted the angles to the left firewall side

Received the new firewall angles from Van’s. Deburred, scuffed, and primed them. Then taped the holes I shouldn’t countersink and countersunk the rest.

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Clecoed the angles and gussets to the firewall. Then back-riveted the left firewall side.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 59.5
Total Time (hours): 514.0

 

Deburred, Scuffed, and Primed Forward fuse.

Did the deburring and scuffing last night. Neglected to take any pictures. Shot the primer this evening. My firewall parts order showed up so included those as well.

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Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 57.5
Total Time (hours): 512.0

 

Completed forward mid fuselage bulkheads (Section 25)

Received the new bulkhead bars from Van’s. Cut and deburred them. Scuffed them, Machine countersunk and riveted them. Reamed all the holes and bolted them to the aft bulkhead.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 22.0
Total Time (hours): 476.5

 

Cut, deburred, and scuffed mid fuse parts

Peeled the blue vinyl from all the parts.

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Cut the parts that needed to be separated on the band saw.

 

Deburred all the edges and scuffed the parts.

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Ready for priming. Plans call for reaming several off the holes to .311″. I didn’t have a .311 reamer so ordered that from McMaster. Should have it by next weekend’s build session.

Today’s Time (hours): 3.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 3.0
Total Time (hours): 454.5

 

Started riveting the bottom skins

The rest of my avionics order showed up this morning. I also received the GMU 22 mounting kit from Van’s. Apparently they don’t make one for the GMU 11 (which is what I bought). So I took a chance and ordered the one for the GMU 22 thinking I could cannibalize it and create something for the GMU 11. As it turns out, all I needed to do was to match drill four holes to the base of the GMU 11. So I drilled the holes, cut the top half of the mount per the plans, deburred and primed everything, riveted it together, and screwed on the GMU 11. Bayum!

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Remy helped me rivet the inboard bottom skin to the right wing. It was challenging to reach the rivets along the aft spar. Remy and I took turns bucking and shooting. Nonetheless, tomorrow will definitely be an Advil day.  I clecoed the outboard skin in place. That can be tomorrow’s challenge.

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Today’s Time (hours): 3.0
Wing Time (hours): 270.0
Total Time (hours): 422.0