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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…



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…