At this point then, what I need to do is order the wing kit which I’m planning to do this week (or maybe next week, probably) and then start researching some of the options available. Several things get mounted in the wings like auto-pilot servos and pitot tubes and landing lights, etc, so I have to know what those things are and in some cases have them in hand when I start building the wings.
Making progress toward closing up the tailcone. The tail section where the empennage attaches is just about complete. Some tough sections in there getting a bucking bar into tight places.
05/28/2011 – 05/30/2011
Got the side stiffeners all riveted to the sides along with the bottom stiffeners to the bottom. Also got the sides riveted to the frames and bulkheads. I got Scott to help and in about 15 minutes he was able to buck rivets as well as I can do it. It took me quite a bit longer to learn this art. In the past, I always did the bucking while he managed the gun, but he wanted to try bucking so, anticipating the future where someone will have to crawl inside the airplane to do the bucking, I figured now was a really good time for Scott to learn how to do it. Guess who’s going to be crawling into tight spots to buck rivets from now on?
The three stiffeners on the left side of the tailcone are now riveted in place. No pictures since it looks just like it did before except for far fewer clecos on the left side.