38-18 to 19 Attaching Rails & Aft Canopy Frame Assembly

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We clamped the structure to the workbench with the Canopy Fixtures clecoed to ensure correct geometry.

We set the the skin rivets with the gun.

I discovered that it was easier to get a tight fit where the lower part of the rail attaches to the Canopy Assembly skin by setting the side rivets first.


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Then used the squeezer for the 470’s on the rail flanges.


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But the rail tab 470’s easiest with the gun.

A few well placed wooden blocks ensured the bucking bar was positioned correctly for the awkward outer 470.


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A long set on the gun worked well.


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Pretty straightforward attaching the Aft Frame.

You could probably get most rivets with the squeezer, but because I had some help today we bucked some of the harder ones to access.


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With the structure all connected I decided to spray the interior with my Cockpit Grey 2K.

I masked off the top skin since I’ll be painting the glare shield a dark matt colour.


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After some head scratching I came up with this way to support it whilst allowing enough access for spraying.


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I managed to get paint into all the nooks and crannies without any runs : )


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The Canopy Pin Blocks have to be countersunk.

I used my deburring tool to machine the ones nearest the raised portion.


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Nice little job to attach the Canopy Pin Blocks to the painted canopy frame.


Well it’s getting close to the time when I’ll have to face the canopy plexiglass … gulp!

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2 Comments on "38-18 to 19 Attaching Rails & Aft Canopy Frame Assembly"

  1. Your progressing in leaps and bounds !

  2. That’s the silver lining to Covid19! : )

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