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Sunday, August 15, 2010
J Stiffeners and Drilled Rear Fuse
Today it was about 100 degrees in Seattle and no A/C in the shop. Wow, lost about 10 pounds in water weight.. But was able to make huge progress on the rear fuselage. I finished with the J stiffeners and drilled them all along with the entire rear fuse. Excited about how it turned out but was much more work than I thought.
Also before I drilled, I made sure via many ways that there was no twist in the Fuse. A few pics of plumb bobs showing how straight it is. ;-)
The rear tail cone skin was a bugger, but I went one cleco at a time and used drill bits and punches to pull the skin together along with a clamp to try and make the tail cone skin the right shape. Once I got a cleco in, then the next, it went pretty well and I don't think I enlarged any holes to much. Many builders here end up with some lopsided holes and then decide to go with the larger rivets. I hope not to have to do that but we will see when it all comes back apart.