Sunday May 22nd, 2005|
Finished Prepping/Priming, Started Riveting Aft Fuse
Today after church Jaime and I ran a couple of errands then it was back at it in the garage. Soo.....from the pictures above you can tell that I went back on the decision to not prime the aft fuselage. Oh well...this primer thing is annoying, but this AKZO is absolutey amazing stuff...it's tough as nails and DOESN'T REQUIRE A TOPCOAT per the manufacturer. So anyway...I broke out the stuff and primed everything.
You'll notice that just to the right in the picture is the 705 bulkhead (the one directly behind the seats w/ the rear spar carry-through) leaning against the wings. I'm not priming it because it's in the cockpit. Anything in the cockpit will not get primed with AKZO because I'm going to make sure to use a primer compatible w/ the paint I'll be using...although I am priming the mating surfaces in those areas. The aft fuse seems to me like it would be a little tougher to inspect and also deal w/ any type of corrosion problem..so that's why it's gettin' primed. [end of rant].
Per the plans, I started riveting the bulkheads to the aft bottom skin. The aft-most rivets on the F-712 are very easy...they are easily reached w/ my squeezer. The others are not so easy...I may try to back-rivet them or maybe even rivet them in my c-frame. In the picture I'm making my 'Pop-eye' face...very typical while I'm in deep thought. We'll see tomorrow how I end up riveting these things.