The fuselage Deck and Side Rails

January 3rd 2021, 3h

After some time of traveling in Arizona and Utah, I am excited to continue working on the plane.

I started by leveling (ah it was perfect!), then drilling and prepping the fuselage deck.

Then I proceeded with the side rails: drilling, fitting and prepping for riveting

The fuselage stand

December 13th, 4h

To level the fuselage, we needed to build some sawhorses that are better than the quick and dirty solution we put together to flip the canoe.

After we build the sawhorses, we started the level process. Well, we did not need to do much, it was perfect, everywhere.

Riveting the mid and forward fuselage

November 28th, December 6th, 12th, 24h

We proceeded with riveting. It was lot of riveting done in few days, and the result is rewarding. Following are some pictures showing the progress. We riveted all, at the exception of the firewall, which we left until we attach the noise.

Then we flipped the canoe. This part was fun. I can not wait to sit inside the fuselage,.


August 23rd 6h

Attaching the firewall turned out to be time consuming. I had to adjust the length of the longerons many time, fit the longerons and re-do. I guess I was pretty conservative in my adjustment of the longerons length, so it took many iterations. After being happy with the fit, I started drilling the fire wall, that took some time and many drill bits, since this is drilling through steel.