April 2018

Rear Deck Preparation 10-27, 28 & 29

As usual I deburred the rear deck parts before test assembly and match drilling. Match Drilling Two deck angles have to be clamped in place while match drilled. Just enough room to get my drill…


Wiring & Static Ports 10-22 to 26

The static ports have to be bonded to the fuselage sides, and Proseal or an RTV Silicone is recommended … well, RTV is easier to work with so that’s what I chose! The Cleaveland Static…



Aft Fuselage Riveting 10-19

Riveting the side skins is challenging at the rear two bulkheads where access is constrained. Once a bucking bar is found which can get on the shop head at the correct angle it’s not too…


Tail Spring Mount 10-18

Work at the back of the Aft Fuselage starts with a trial fit of the above assembly together with the tail Spring Mount prior to riveting. This gives the opportunity to see whether the shape…


Still on page 10-14

Before the side skins are attached to the structure a couple of wiring harnesses have to be routed loosely. This is because the wires sit on the top of the left side middle J Stiffener,…



Side Skins 10-14

Although it takes a bit of effort, I quite like removing strips of vinyl over the rivet lines. Not to prevent scratches particularly, although this is nice….but when the exterior is painted it will all…


Aft Fuselage 10-08 to 10-13

The first jobs are to rivet together the bulkheads. Managed to get the squeezer on all rivets using the Flange Yoke. A bit of thought required to decide on which side to put the Manufactured…