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Top Skins and Baggage Area - 9/20/2009
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Time to dimple the rear top skinsTime to dimple the rear top skins
Time for soldering iron and blue film therapy! Sometimes I wonder why I go through being so meticulous about removing the blue film this way with such care and perfection. I sure leaving some of blue plastic film on is somewhat protective for preventing deep scratches, but that is about it.
Time for dimplingTime for dimpling
Oh boy, I get to rant and rave again about dimpling! Number 1 - You don't need a dimpling table, just get some 4 inch pieces of foam to hold the skin where you want it and slide the C Frame dimpler where you need it. Too many times, I've seen guys build an elaborate table top with a little hole in the middle for the bottom dimple to pop through and they end up putting a dip in the skin because the sheet aluminum goes down into the hole in the table when they whack the dimple. Doh! Number 2 - One solid whack is all you need for each dimple. If you whack a single dimple multiple times, you get a dip around the dimple in the skin. If you're not sure what will happen with the sheet your dimpling, get a practice sheet that is the same thickness from the tailkit practice packet and try it out first. Yeah I know, I'm a grumpy old fart, jes' ask my wife.
Done!Done!
No dips, jeeeeesss' right. Time to sand the edges.
OK, that's it...OK, that's it...
Everytime I walk around the end of the fuselage, my belt buckle tries to catch the fuselage skin that sticks out past the last bulkhead. This time I almost bent the skin. So I put several layers of blue painters tape over the skin to keep me front snagging and bending it.
Time for dimple the most aft top skinTime for dimple the most aft top skin
Same drill here.
Done!Done!
Time to put both skins away for a while.
Time to dimple all the bulkheads and ribsTime to dimple all the bulkheads and ribs
Here are the j-stringers all cleaned up, dimpled and ready for primer.
Dimpled and primed the rest of the partsDimpled and primed the rest of the parts
I had to use Averys vise-grip dimplers on the 2 curved ribs.
All the holes are dimpled and primed nowAll the holes are dimpled and primed now
I also stored the skins away overhead and will install them after all the inerds' of the fuselage are put in. Notice the baggage back panel? I put strips of sound proofing on it between the dips. This stuff is 1/4 inch thick and feather light, so I'm not concerned about the added weight.
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