Archive for the ‘Firewall’ Category

Still prepping fuse parts

August 29, 2011


For your viewing pleasure here’s the boys enjoying the Blues over Lake Washington earlier this month. As for the project, i’ve been working on it I swear. It’s really just a 1000 little tasks without much visual payoff so I’ll spare you the pics of pretty countersunk holes in a neat little row.

I’m still slowly working through all the final steps before starting the riveting on the main fuse. I’m excited to see if I got a the puzzle pieces made correctly! All the deburring, dimpling, and countersinking including the longerons is done on the internal structures. I’ve primed about 2/3 of these parts. The left forward fuse pieces still need to be etched and primed. The skins still need to be prepped but that should be kinda fun as imam trying to “eat my vegetables”‘first. Also, I have to go back and find a solution for one hole I doubled drilled on a bulkhead. After that I’ll be reassembling the canoe! Work is going to take over this week so hopefully I can hit it hard next weekend. I’m aiming to flip the canoe this fall and order finish kit before the end of the year.


Deconstruction Part 1

July 20, 2011


No airplane pics tonight but it was Cam’s birthday, so he gets a guest appearance on the blog instead. After the sugar addled kids went to bed, I started taking the fuselage apart. There’s LOTS of pieces to keep track of! Also its a challenge to figure out which holes get countersunk, dimpled or left alone. Time for the zen-like trance to take over while prepping a thousand little holes.

Firewall Finished!

February 16, 2009

Annabelle was kind enough to let me make some man noise over the weekend and rivet the last parts together on the firewall. I have 4 rivets to tangle with tonight where the lower center mounts are. They can’t be back riveted or squeezed, so I’ll need to don the big boy pants and do it the old-fashioned way.

Finished Firewall Prep

April 13, 2008

Tonight Annabelle helped me finish the dimpling on the stainless steel firewall.

Tasks Completed:

  • Finished firewall dimpling
  • Final test fit of firewall parts before priming

Firewall Countersinking

April 1, 2008

I finished all the countersinking tonight on all the stiffeners and gussets. The hard wood jig I use to hold the part while using the microstop in the cordless drill is working great. I started to dimple the firewall, but after a few holes trying to holding the part and dimple by myself I thought better of it. I’ll get Annabelle to help out later this week.

Tasks Completed:

  • Finished countersinking stiffeners and gussets
  • Started to dimple firewall

Finishing Firewall Drilling

February 24, 2008

Tasks Completed:

  • Finished drilling stiffeners and gussets to firewall
  • Drilled spacers, doubler and L/R F601J
  • Disassembled firewall structure for deburring and countersinking

Firewall Drilling

February 23, 2008

Tasks Completed:

  • Fabricated F601E stiffener
  • Started match drilling stiffeners and gussets to firewall

Firewall Parts 2

February 20, 2008

Tonight I snuck in an hour fabing the rest of the firewall parts. I fit and clecoed everything together in preperation for match drilling tomorrow.

Tasks Completed:

  • Fabricated the brake line doubler and spacers.
  • Deburred the remaining parts for the firewall skeleton.

Firewall Parts

February 18, 2008

I made the rest of the firewall parts including the right F601J. The sequnece of parts is pretty straight forward but it looks to be challenging to get everything lined up to drill–especially the two gussets behind 601J. Another hour of parts prep and then I can drill everything.

Tasks Completed:

  • Made F601J-R
  • Made the right spacer and brake line doubler

Firewall Started

February 17, 2008

My how time flies. Work has been killing me. We are hitting the spring cleaning hard in the basement. On top of it all, I got sick last week. So this is my first post in a while but I am happy to report that I have started the firewall this weekend. As the picture shows, I am in the middle of prepping all the support structure.

I built a rack to hang the tail pieces from. Plus I have made major strides in clearing out an area to hold the wing racks when they get here in April. My goal is to have the bulkheads done by then, but its not looking likely.

Tasks Completed:

  • Deburred  firewall pieces
  • Made F-601 J-L