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Forward Section - 3/12/2009
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Drilled the floor stiffeners to the F-601J angles on the firewallDrilled the floor stiffeners to the F-601J angles on the firewall
I feel like a kid with a brand new card-board box, crawling in and out from under the fuselage. It's kind of cool under there. I look back through the fuselage, imaging what it will be like when the airplane is cruising at 6,500 feet on the way to lake to go fishing. Damn, I really need to hurry up! Anyway, back to reality... Here I have final drilled the stifferners to the firewall angles using my pneumatic angle drill.
Final drilled the stiffeners to the F-983-L&R cover support ribs Final drilled the stiffeners to the F-983-L&R cover support ribs
Same song a dance here.
Started work on the F-722 and F-724 ribs for the baggage areaStarted work on the F-722 and F-724 ribs for the baggage area
I starting off by fluting 2 of the ribs.
UPDATE : 8/30/2009 There are nutplate rivet holes in the F-724's that need to dimpled NOW. The actual nutplates go on later when you attach the F-750 side panels. If you wait till after the skin is on, you will have hell trying to dimple these holes. ALSO: Check your plans. There is a hole that needs to be enlarged for one of those plastic bushings in the F-724's.
Riveted on the nutplates to the F-722 ribsRiveted on the nutplates to the F-722 ribs
This is were the Longeron yoke comes in handy for putting in rivets in awkward places.
Cleced in the vertical ribCleced in the vertical rib
I had to do a little trimming on the longeron end of these ribs to make them fit.
Clecoed in the F-722 ribsClecoed in the F-722 ribs
Clecoed the F-750 aft baggage side covers to the F-722 and F-724 ribsClecoed the F-750 aft baggage side covers to the F-722 and F-724 ribs
Hey, I think I'm ready to start riveting the fuselage together!
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