FUSELAGE CONSTRUCTION - Page 21.
August 29, 2003: I am back from my road trip
and managed to get the aft fuselage section disassembled for dimpling, deburring, and
clean up before priming. I also had a chance to do a bit more on the mid-fuselage
section of seat ribs, baggage ribs and the associated bulkheads. The corner of the
carpet-covered dimpling table is visible at the right side of this photo.
Here is a better look at the aft side skins. Only one is completely
dimpled as you can see with it leaning up against the wing. The other side panel
will get put on the dimpling table tomorrow and made ready for priming.
August 31, 2003: I put in only 2.1 hours to
finish up some dimpling of skins and match-drilled the bottom skin to the ribs and
bulkheads yesterday. I needed to do some shopping, laundry, etc. Today was a
big day with 10.1 hours of work on the center section of the fuselage. I clecoed the
whole thing together to check the fit of all the panels, cutting the access holes for the
steps and match drilling all the appropriate ribs, skins, panels, etc.
That closest bulkhead above is the same one you saw assembled with the aft section of the fuselage a few days ago.
Here is the left side access hole for the step.
And here is the step on the right side of the fuselage stuck through the hole.
It is just hanging there since this is the last thing I did tonight before taking
these photos. The outside pipes are shaped like airfoils to minimize drag.
Below is a second photo showing the step pipe that comes into the fuselage
under the baggage floor. There are special mounting parts for this area yet to be
assembled. No fancy airfoils in here, just a round pipe. That rib below the
pipe had to have two notches cut in its flanges to clear the pipe.
Total time working on the airplane now stands at 648.1 hours shop time. With the extra 58.7 hours of prep work, inventory, etc. -- 706.8 hours. That does not include any shopping for tools or keeping up these web pages, log book, etc.
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