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Bought a new laptopBought a new laptop
This dude will really come in handy. All of my parts are in separate Rubbermaid containers according the sub-kit number. I scanned the parts list into my website database so I can do a search on it. Here I'm looking for the F-728A Bellcrank Channel. I just put "728" in the seach box and the program finds the part and tells me what sub-kit to look in. It's nice to use my programming knowledge to create a program for something I really enjoy doing.
Made up the F-729C, F-729B and F-729B anglesMade up the F-729C, F-729B and F-729B angles
I ran out of the AA6-063x3/4x3/4 angle that came with the fuselage kit. The only other angle that I have are 2 twelve foot pieces that came in the wing kit. I am really guessing here that I'm supposed to start cutting on these pieces now. I guess I'll find out later if this is what these 12 foot long angle pieces were meant for.
Positioned the F-729B angle inside the F-729A bellcrank ribPositioned the F-729B angle inside the F-729A bellcrank rib
The instructions call for one hole to be drilled in the F-729B angle. I am assuming that this hole is used to match up the angle with the pre-drilled holes in the F-729A bellcrank rib. I drilled all the holes using the bellcrank as drilling guide. I also drilled the 1/4" hole for the bellcrank pivot bolt.
Finished drilling all of the holesFinished drilling all of the holes
Deburred, primed and rivetedDeburred, primed and riveted
I guess that this is way it's going to be now with the instructions. There is a lot of "assuming" going on now. No, I'm not really complaining about it, I just miss the "hand holding" as with the previous kits.
Drilled the F-728A bellcrank channel to the F-728B angleDrilled the F-728A bellcrank channel to the F-728B angle
I also drilled the 1/4" hole for the bellcrank pivot bolt.
Began assembling the F-706B Bulkhead Bottom. Began assembling the F-706B Bulkhead Bottom.
I clecoed F-730 plate, F-728, F-729C and F-729 rib to the F-706B Bulkhead Bottom. Then I final drilled all the holes. Tomorrow I will deburr, prime and rivet some of the parts together, except for the F-728 channel which is done at a later time.
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