Thursday, October 30, 2008

an airplane shape

5.5 hours
Progress today started off slow but rapidly transitioned as parts became a frame and then got skinned.  It is amazing how rigid the structure becomes as it is assembled.  Next I will disassemble the parts, dimple the skins along with the underlying attachments to the ribs, spray a bit of primer on the few parts that are not alumaclad and then begin to rivet.
the horizontal stabilizer skin is quite thick.  this assembly was a lot of fun and very rewarding to complete.
an airplane shape!
laying out the parts for initial fit up 
the first skin gets clecoed on
lots of clecos to align everything 
very rigid as a structure
almost ready to take it all apart :)