Forward fuselage preparation [43.5 hours]

It turns out there’s a lot of parts, and a lot of match-drilling/de-burring/work, in the forward fuselage assembly. I’ve taken it through to page 28-8 inclusive of the construction manual. Not many photos from the past few weeks, it’s just been a long, steady grind to work through the process. Now I’ve got way more parts than I can fit into the spray booth, so I’ll have to do a couple of priming sessions. I’m going to de-grease all the parts first, then etch/prime on a separate day.

  • f5a
    f5a
    Trimming control column mount
  • f5b
    f5b
    Trimming control column mounts
  • f5c
    f5c
    Control column mounts after trimming
  • f5d
    f5d
    Forward fuselage bulkhead subassembly
  • f5e
    f5e
    Match drilling forward fuselage assemblies
  • f5f
    f5f
    Match drilling forward fuselage bottom skin
  • f5g
    f5g
    Match drilling forward fuselage floor panel
  • f5h
    f5h
    Fitting inspection panel to forward fuselage left rib
  • f5i
    f5i
    Inspection panel fits nicely in hand cut hole!
  • f5j
    f5j
    Large parts backlog in priming booth
  • f5k
    f5k
    Set up to start de-greasing parts

 

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