Archive for April, 2011


April 20, 2011

At the risk of offending the neighbors Paul came over last night for an evening of riveting. We made pretty quick work of the rest of the center section skin rivets so I can move on to  assembling the rest of the fuselage.

I ended up dodging the neighbors phone call, but we did manage to piss off my three year old who told mommy to “make the noise stop!” Oh well I hope you can forgive daddy Cam once you get to fly with me!


Back to it!

April 10, 2011

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since the last update. I had some work travel and late nights that ate into building time. Today, my friend Ryan came over to help on the center section riveting. This was his introduction to riveting although he’s been flying with me a number of times when I was still renting the Skyhawks and Cherokee. We finished all the seat ribs and the 705 bulkhead. No rivets needed to be drilled out and Ryan did great to avoid leaving any smiles in the skins. We had to leave the baggage rib riveting till next weekend.

I’ve also made contact with a local EAA Tech Counselor to come look over my progress later this month. Looking forward to having some expert eyes on my progress and correct any bad habits.

I’m also including some pics of notching the longeron because they were still on the camera when I downloaded today’s pics. The picture above shows the notch marked and the punch marks for drilling the radius holes.

Here’s the notch after drilling and roughing out the rest of the notch. After filing it was ready to go. The longerons are now in position waiting to receive the rest the of the fuselage pieces for final drilling.