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,.

Center fuselage side skins, longerons

August 16th 5h

We attached the second skin. Then we realized we need to detach both skin to form the bend for the intersection with bottom fuselage. Ah well, we removed both and worked on the bend. We did a bit of digging in this one and we realized that people had issues with cracks forming at the bend. So, we were very careful, sanded the edges very well before starting to bend. The bends went great.

Then we went ahead and drilled the longerons. All went great.

Attaching mid fuselage

August 2nd 8h

Attaching the mid fuselage to the aft fuselage was tricky, definitely a 2 person job. After many trials, we were able to fit the 2 together.

Afterward, I added lot of support for the fuselage, both below the 704 bulkhead, as Van suggestion, and adding a fourth support at the intersection of the mid and aft fuselage.

Then I added one of the side skins. The fuselage is growing and taking over the garage.