Mid Fuse Ribs & Bottom Skins

Total: 1019.6 hours
Since Last time: 40.1 hours
Mid fuse ribs & bottom skins: 40.1 hours

We broke the 1000 hour mark on the build. No significant issues on the build (only a little scare which I’ll explain later). Standard stuff: debur edges, cleco together, drill holes, disassemble, debur holes, reassemble, and rivet. Oh, and I decided to prime the skins where they attach to the structure. Other than that we’re following the plans and having a good time – and running out of space in the garage. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a shed up in the near future to alleviate the garage congestion.

RV10 mid fuse ribs
RV10 mid fuse ribs
RV10 mid fuse ribs
RV10 mid fuse ribs
RV10 mid fuse ribs
RV10 mid fuse ribs
RV10 mid fuse ribs
RV10 mid fuse ribs
Zach helps with mid fuse bottom skins
Zach helps with mid fuse bottom skins
RV10 Mid-fuse ribs
RV10 Mid-fuse ribs
RV10 mid fuse ribs & bottom skins complete
RV10 mid fuse ribs & bottom skins complete

 

The following series of pictures are a little scare I had. The assembly attached to this gusset pitcured below bent one way and then back again and caused a discoloration in the gusset. I was afraid I would have to drill out these rivets and replace the gusset. Note that the rivets are in a tight spot. After some back-n-forth with Vans they thought the discoloration was caused by the flange of the rib pictured above the gusset in the picture. This was confirmed after I removed a bunch of rivets and watched the rib swing in hitting the gusset in precisely the area discolored. If it had been real damage (i.e., a serious weakening of the gusset from the bend), I believe the discoloration would have been across the entire thing not just directly under the flange of the rib. In the end, I did not drill out the rivets and am being extremely cautious not to let this arm bend again.

gusset discoloration
gusset discoloration
gusset discoloration
gusset discoloration
gusset discoloration
gusset discoloration
gusset discoloration
gusset discoloration
RV10 mid-fuse ribs and bottom skins
RV10 mid-fuse ribs and bottom skins

 

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