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Fuselage Begins

January 6, 2013

The inventory took about 3-days.  After having done two other inventories I know some of what to expect.  I spent extra time going through all the bags and pulling out all the common hardware.  There are so many bags with the same types of bolts, nuts and rivets.  Getting them all consolidated takes some of the worry out of steps in the future.

What does this picture say?  Well it says that inventory is done and it is time to get cracking on the fuselage.

What does this picture say? Well it says that inventory is done and it is time to get cracking on the fuselage.

The fuselage starts with the assembly of the firewall, however the instructions give you a hint to do as much prep on your bulkhead parts as you can, in the beginning, to save yourself time later.  “If you are the type of person who eats your vegetables first….” is how the word it, I believe.  So I spent the better part of yesterday and this AM getting those parts done.  Now I have lots and lots of primed and prepped, but not dimpled, parts hanging around the garage.  I think I went through 3 cans of the paint.

I've been busy prepping all of these bulkhead parts for future assembly.

I’ve been busy prepping all of these bulkhead parts for future assembly.

With some time left in the day I decided to look ahead at the bulkhead and I found that one of the first steps is fabricating a couple of brackets that will attach to the lower center of the firewall.

Cutting a few brackets from the 2x2 stock provided in the kit

Cutting a few brackets from the 2×2 stock provided in the kit

I had to cut the pieces out of the angle that they give you in the kit.  This bandsaw of mine is just barely able to do the job.  I predict bad things when I have to get to the solid aluminum block that I saw during inventory.  I am sure I am going to have to turn it into something intricate.

Next you have to use the plans to make marks on the angle pieces.  These are cut lines that you will have to further cut.

Next cuts are all measured and ready.  I'll get to those tomorrow, I guess.

Next cuts are all measured and ready.

Now that I have the next cuts measured and ready I look at the clock and see that it is 2115.  Time to close up for the day.  Besides, my little space heater is just not keeping up with the cold.  I’ll pick up again tomorrow.

 

 

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