Bolts and fuel line routing

Finished all of the bolts in both gear strut fittings and torqued to the specs in the Construction Standards Guide.

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Since I’m going out of order because I need it on the main landing gear to move it around in my 20×20 garage so I can build the wings in here, I needed to button up all of the things on the back of the seat mounts. There are several holes drilled now for the traditional fuel line routing, but since I’m putting in a center console, I may not use them and route through there instead.

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Also need to put in the seat belt mounts since they rivet up through the gear channel.

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Seat pans

Since I need to get the plane up on the landing gear to make space for the rest of the build, there’s a lot of related things that need to be done and riveted before access to some areas becomes more difficult.

Gear strut fittings are back

Got new fittings from Zenith and they look much better.

Sad that I have to paint them.

Also started drilling and riveting the rear wing attach points, which I had held back on earlier in the build.

Right wing started

Flipped a coin and the right wing goes first. Got all of the ribs in the right place and the left ones marked and put away.

Next step is to pull these off, drill to 30, then 20, debur and cortec.

 

Uncrating

I’m REALLY tight on space to get everything in my 20’x20′ garage. The only thing left in the crate now is the wing skins and spars.

Designing a sling for those now and then on to building some wings!

Also had a little but of a scare with the windshield. Looked like it had a big scratch in it. Julie and I pulled some of the protective film up and it turns out it’s just a scratch in the film. Phew.