Sunday May 15th, 2005|
Drilled/Disassembled/Started Deburring Aft Fuselage
Today after church I went out and finished drilling the j-channel stringers...then I turned the aft fuse upside down to drill out the rest of the holes. I figured it would be easier....and it was.
The the whole thing comes apart and I started dimpling and deburring everything. I got the j-channels done and deburred the aft bottom skin and dimpled all of those holes I could reach with a squeezer (it was already too late to use the loud c-frame tool)...then I started on the aft side skins. People say that there are 14,000 rivets in these little airplanes. I'm thinking that a *lot* of them are in the aft fuselage...I kid you not. There are a lot of those boogers in there.
So....why am I standing among all these parts, including the empennage parts that are usually stored in the 2nd guest bedroom upstairs? Well, tomorrow we're getting new carpet installed in the house and I had to move all that stuff down here. I also had the center section, various fuselage parts including all the remaining skins and gear legs and weldments up there. It took several trips to get it all down here and it'll take several to get it back up. Those guys had better show up tomorrow morning...since I'm taking the day off work AND my garage is full which means no work on the airplane until I can get everything moved back.
...One more picture for posterity.