Aft Fuselage


Aft Fuselage Finished!! 10-30 to 32

After 163hrs of work the Aft Fuselage is finished. L Top Skin The top side skins fitted like a glove. It never ceases to amaze me how accurate the parts have been fabricated by Vans,…


Top Skin 10-29

Time for some more back-rivetting to attach 3 pieces to the top skin prior to attaching it to the top side skins. The manual specified 3-3.5 rivets for everything, but the skin doubler/fuselage rib/top skin…


Fin Match Drilling 10-28

Quite exciting this bit, since it actually looks like a real plane! Vans say cleco, clamp and line up using a #30 drill bit. This all seemed to work, but I also propped up the…


Static Ports 10-22

Fitting the Cleaveland Static Air Vent kit proved a simple and satisfying little job. Rather than cut the tubes to length first as advised by the manual, I started on the right side and routed…


Baggage Area Painting

As mentioned in the last post, I realised that several other areas in the structure will be visible in the baggage area. Although a bit of extra work, in order to keep my options open,…



Aft Deck 10-27

We managed to set a lot of the aft decking rivets with the squeezer, but a few could only be reached with the gun. The two rivets highlighted in the picture proved to be very…


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…