Saturday, April 13, 2019

Tail Cone Riveting Part #3

 Today I got started by riveting the J stiffeners on the right side.  Section one and two done!

Section three done.

 Section four done.

Then I riveted the aft most bulkhead on the right side.  Also riveted the rudder stop skin stiffener.

Then I worked my way forward riveting the bulkhead rivets.  You will need an avil head bar to buck the rivets that are too close to the J on the stiffeners.

And the final bulkhead.  This side is done ready to flip over.

 Then I started the aft bulkhead on the left side.  Same thing...

I went ahead and riveted the #30 rivets on the rudder stop skin stiffeners.  Had to use the double offset snap for the outside most ones.  I hate using that thing!  It is very difficult to use!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tail Cone Riveting Part #2

Tonight I got started riveting the J stiffeners to the tail cone skins.   I can see this is going to turn into a two person job soon!  I plan to get all the rivets I can solo then bring in the help!

 Section one done...

Section two done ...

Section three done ...

Section four done ...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Almost Forgot...I Ordered Wing Kit!

I almost forgot.... On Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 I ordered the slow build wing kit from Van's.  😊

It is scheduled to be crated the middle of June so hopefully I will have it by the end of June.

I ordered the optional electric aileron trim servo kit and the not so optional but listed as optional fuel level senders. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tail Cone Reassembly For Riveting

Took a whole evening to put this thing back together for riveting.  Had to be careful to get everything back where it belongs and to ensure the J stiffeners were in the right position fore and aft.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Final Tail Cone Dimpling And Started Riveting

 Got started tonight by dimpling the #30 holes on the forward most bulkhead.  This is so it will be flush to receive the baggage compartment panels.

 Then I dimpled all the bulkhead flanges except for the ones that go behind the longerons.

 Then I riveted the elevator bellcrank together.

 I alternated the rivets on the bearing.  Not required but I did it that way.

 Snapped the battery tray end parts together.  I did not rivet yet because I need to rivet my avionics trays to them first.

 Then I riveted this bulkhead.  Used a squeezer for all.

Then I riveted this bulkhead together.  Again all squeezer.

Then I riveted this bulkhead together.  I put flush rivets in the area under the Yaw Damper servo mount bracket so that it can sit flush.

And then finally I riveted the top parts of the fwd most bulkhead together.  The rest gets riveted together when the tail cone is joined to the fuse.