Build Log RV-10 #1

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Fuselage Paint

Started this last evening on prepping the fuselage for paint.  Started with getting some of extra items that will be in the way off, the exhaust for example.  Then worked on closing up some of the opening so that the paint does not drift into the cabin and get all over. 

I decided to paint with the horizontal stabilizer and vertical stabilizer on the fuselage so that is creating a couple of small issues, but think it should be ok. 

The biggest challenge so far is to find a good transition around the windows.  What I have decided to do is paint right to the edge I already have around the windows, then when completed with the paint I will take some fine line tape and tape in that edge about 1/8" and another tape right at the edge of the paint, then fill this small 1/8" gap in with some proseal.  This will make the edge transition a bit better, make the windows more waterproof, and also give the windows a nice black outline that I think will turn out to look pretty cool.  Guess we will see. 

Below are some pictures of the process so far, more will come. 

EDIT:  Well, the fuselage is painted.  Since this is my first paint job and know nothing about painting, I have to say I am pretty satisfied with how it turned out.  I am sure that some professional would pick it apart, but that is ok, I can say I did everything on this plane myself.  Added more photos below.

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Cabin Cover

Fnished getting the cabin top put on and blended to fuselage.

Will finish up a full write up shortly

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Window and Windshield

The windows have been cut, fitted and glued.

More write up later.

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Control System

This weekend I started working on tghe control system.  However, mad some mistakes and had to quit.

Started off by fabricating the elevator push tubes.  Got them cut to length the using the template, marked the holes to be drilled for riveting the threaded rod ends.  Holes were marked and drilled.  I did do both tubes at the same time so that I could get them coated on the inside with Akzo primer.  Made up a batch and poured inside getting them coated.  Set aside to dry and will finish riveting the ends in tomorrow.

Moved on to getting the jam nuts put on all rod end bearings. Then worked on the Aileron pushrods.  Installed the rod end bearings in each and all jams tightened to where the pieces are to the correct length.

I then started to work on the elevator idler arms and got them put together with clecos and then started to match drill.  For some reason I decided to not align the holes in the flange bearing and proceeded to drill completely new holes.  Once I realized this, time to stop and order a new flange bearing.  This probably was not a big deal but bothered me enough to set aside until new part arrives.

The pushrods then dried overnight so I installed and riveted the threade rod ends in and then got a coat of primer put on the oustide.  Again set aside for a day to let dry. 

While they were drying I moved on to the controls sticks.  Got the control stick base aligned up correctly and drilled to the control sticks.  This was a bit tricky but took my time and everything worked out good.

I then got the control column prepped and installed into the fuselage, bolted and torqued per specs.  Next was to get the control stick bases installed to the control column but there are a couple of bronze bushings that need to be opened up enough for a AN4 Bolt.  I did not have a reamer so I tried to use a 1/4 drill in a drill press to get them to the right size.  This ended in complete failure and ruined the bushings. 

Now that I have a couple of different pieces that I screwed up on and ruined. I am stopping with this section and will finish when I get new parts from Vans.

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Baggage Door

Started June 3rd - 2011

Write up coming soon.

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Baggage Area

Started 4/14/2011

Started this section off today with clecoing the rear seat floor to the rear seat ribs.  Match drilled the inboard attach holes and screw holes per instructions.  Then cut and clecoed the hinges for the lower seat  haves.  Once all clecoed I match drilled all the required holes and removed the rear seat floors to install the nutplates on the inner portion of each seat.

Next was to locate the baggage door shim and lower baggage door seal channel and then cleco and match drill them. Did the same with the upper baggage door seal channel. Once these were clecoed I attached the close out panel to them.

The instructions have you match drill the close out panel for LP rivets.  I did not like the protruding rivet heads so I decided to change this and dimple everything for flush rivets.  Makes a much cleaner smooth interior.

I then proceeded on to cutting out the baggage floor stiffeners, clecoing and match drilling them to the baggage floors.  Also drilled the holes in the baggage floor, then deburred and dimpled for rivets.

All parts so far are match drilled, deburred, dimpled, preped and then primed for final assembly.

Riveted all the baggage floor stiffeners to the baggage floors along with installing the nutplates to the rear seat floors.

Before permanantly installing the rear seat floors and baggage floors.  It is a good idea to run conduit for any wires that may need to be run to the tail cone.  I got some really cool conduit from Lowes that was made fairly tough.  Wanted something that was a bit more stiff and thicker walls to prevent any chance of rub through.  You can see the pictures of what I did by clicking here.

In addition to the conduit runs, I also installed the wiring for a Comant antenna which will be placed under the left rear seat.  You can see pictures of that here.

Now that all the conduit and antenna wires are run I am installing the baggage floors and the rear seat floors in permanently.  Probably should have taken the time to install some inspection plates for the antenna and step areas but did not.  Will have to get those done later now that they are already installed.

Now that the baggage floors are in, I finished up installing the baggage door seals and closeouts.

Next step is to cleco the right baggage cover to the fuselage bulkhead.  The prepare the baggage bulkhead channel.  Then cleco this to the top bulkhead, these top rivets will be installed later.  At this time you do rivet the bottom of the channel to the bell crank rib and then once again cleco the tailcone forward skin  in place.

Located the lower baggage bulkhead and clecoed and match drilled the required holes into the bulkhead.  Also adjusted the right baggage cover so that it is aligned with the lower baggage bulkhead and drilled the #19 holes through both into the bulkhead.  I then did the same with the upper baggage bulkhead corrugation.

Now that those are done they have been removed along with the right baggage cover so that they can be deburred and the holes in the right cover could be dimpled.  Finished off the right baggage cover and got it primed.

While that is drying it went ahead and got all the holes for the upper and lower baggage bulkhead corrugation drilled to install nutplates.  I did this by taking a nutplate and installing a screw through the bulkhead and then match drilling using the nutplates as a guide.  Not to hard just a bit time consuming.

The upper and lower baggage bulkheads have slots wear the shoulder harnesses travel through so you are required to install a couple of wear blocks.  Finished drilling these and got them riveted in place.

The baggage area section is now complete.  Yeah, one more step done and many more to go.

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Upper Forward Fuselage Assembly

Started 3/31/2011

Time to start a new section.  This one begins by fabricating a spacer, and angle and instrument attach panel flanges. Then cut apart the instrument panel attach flange into two.

Final drilled the nutplate attach holes and the #19 screw holes in the attach glanges.  Deburred, primed and then reiveted the nupates in place.

Gathered the forward fuselage ribs and final drilled the nutplate holes.  Deburred these holes and dimpled along with dimpling the nutplates. These also were preped and primed so that the nutplates could be riveted on.

Next was to bend the lower portion of the sub panel center.  Quickly done by clamping to the table with a steel plate.  Did the same 7.3  degree bend to the sub panel sides.

Took the ribs, the angles, sub panel center and sub panel sides and clecoed together.  The final drilled all #30 holes common to the parts clecoed.

I then removed the control cable bracket from the sub panel center, final drilled the screw holes and nutplate attach holes. Deburred, dimpled and primed.

Using a long #30 bit, I drilled downward through the pilot hole near the middle of  the upper firewall angle and through the upper surface of the firewall recess.

This whole panel assembly is then clecoed to the forward fuselage and match drill the common holes.

Moving forward I attached the instrument panel lower flanges to the instrument panel.  Flute angles between the screw holes and finally attach to the ribs and the instrument panel.

The forward fuselage top skin is then clecoed to the subassembly. Formed the hand hold doublers to match the contour of the top skin and clecoed in place. Once all was clecoed in place I match drilled all the common holes.

At this point I am stopping this section till a later time.  Have my instrument panel designed and instruments chosen.  So before I move foward I want to make sure I have the right dimensions and depths in case modifications need to be made to the ribs.


on 2011-12-08 22:29 by Brian Steeves

I once again was working on the upper forward fusalage assembly since I stopped in a previous section.  Now that I have most everything planned for the panel, I purchased the Symetrical Carbon Fiber Panel from Aerosport Products.  The plan is to have instruments from Advanced Flight Systems, 2 ofthe AF-5600 and a AF-5500 in the center.

Not being sure if the depth of the screens was going to be an issue, I decided to go ahead anyway and make the modifications to the upper ribs to make clearance.  In addition to the rib mods, I made a cut on the one side so that I can get wiring and other items behind the subpanel.  I think I will need to make one more cut in the center but am going to wait until I am sure it is needed.

Have all the modifications done, along with everything riveted together except for the actual riveting to the fuselage sides.  I am not going to do this until most of my wiring and instruments are ready for install.  That way I can still taka the upper fuselage portion off and work on it on the bench.

So for now, I am once again stopping on this section until I am more ready to rivet it in permanently.

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Step Installation

Started 3/25/2011

Well the step installation was a very simple and straight forward step. 

Started this section with drilling the support blocks that will be attached to the baggage floor ribs.

Deburred and ground all rough spots and edges of the steps.  Inserted them through the side skin and into the support brackets. Aligned everything according to the plans and match drilled the holes in the support blocks into the baggage floor ribs.  Removed, deburred and bolt the blocks back into place.

Reinserted the steps and set the angle of the steps per instructions and drilled the step mounting bracket to a #30.

Removed the steps and primed.  Once dry reinstalled and bolted with appropriate hardware.

I decided to just permanently install the steps at this point.  Will probably hit them with my shins multiple times which will bring out some cussing.  Oh well we will see.

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Tail Cone Attachment

Started 3/21/2011

This step was very exciting as it is a big step.  When the tailcone is attached you get a great sense of accomplishment as you look at one of the major structures coming together.

Starting off this section requires to final drill holes in the forward bulkhead of the tailcone.  In addition to utilizing a uni-bit to enlarge holes where ultimately the cables for the rudder controls will pass through.  Mine already had them done.  Removed the bulkhead, deburred and dimpled the holes per instructions.

Removed the F-1006B bulkhead from the tailcone and clecoed to the baggage ribs of the forward fuselage.  Then attached the tail cone to the forward fuselage.  Looks really cool at this point.  Final drilled all the holes between the two.  Then drilled the four holes on each side that attach the forward and rear longerons.

Reinstalled the tailcone forward top skin once again and match drilled through the shims into the sideskin.  At this time you also match drill the remaining holes through the side skin into the forward fuselage longeron then counterskink these holes.  Did the same process to the bottom area of the baggage door.

Now that everything is match drilled I separated the forward fuselage and tailcone so that all the holes could be deburred and dimpled where necessary.  Once this was done I re clecoed the tailcone to the forward fuselage.

Per the instructions got all the rivets installed between the two parts.  For the amount of accomplishment this steps goes very quickly.  Now that it is pemanently attached, time to stand back and admire over a beer.

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Fuselage Side Skins

Started February 23, 2011

Started by cutting the longerons to length from AA6X3/4X3/4 Angle and marked the center line on each.

All of these longerons need to be bent to a curve that runs along the fuselage from front to back.  Vans supplies a template to match the bend to.

To do this you place the longeron in a vice and firmly strike with a rubber mallet.  You repeat this process at on inch intervals that produces the curve.  This take quite a bit of time and patients as you must make sure that you do not over bend the longeron.  In addition to this, while bending it is also possible to get a vertical bend while you are making the horizontal bend.  You need to be careful not to do this and check often to make sure that it is not happening.  I did get some of this vertical bending but not bad and was easily taken out.

Once bent to match the template, the holes in the longeron are match drilled at this time using the template as a guide.

You now fabricate a clamping block and Roll Construction Angles.  These are just tools that will be used to make the bend in bottom forward and rear portions in the side skins that make the curve to the bottom of the fuselage.  Not a hard process as it looks, just take your time and check your work often.

I bent both side skins front and back.  Amazingly they fit almost perfect the very first try.  For the back curve, I did used a brake to make a slight bend in the edge where the side skin will transition to the bottom fuselage skin.  This made a nice tight transition.

Located all the pieces for the rear seat back braces, clecoed them and match drilled as called out in the instructions.  Then clecoed them to the forward fuselage structure.

Cute the baggage door shims and clecoed to the left side skin.  Final drilled all holes except for the last portion that are not done at this time.  Also did this for the baggage floor angles.

Clecoed the mid side skins to the forward fuselage and checked the distances of the longerons.

Before clecoing the lower fuse channels in, you need to make a twist in them.  This requires clamping a spacer block into the ends, clamp one into a vise and using a cresent wrench on the other end, twist the channel a complete 180 degrees which will put about a 20 degree twist in the channel.  Once done cleco to the fuselage.

I already had the bend in forward skins so I just clecoed them to the forward fuselage. Installed the rest of the side channels and final drilled all the holes in the side skins to the forward fuselage structure.

Afer all channels and braces are attached and match drilled.  I disassembled all the parts to prep them for priming.  You got the process, deburr dimple, scotchbrite, clean with MEK, Alodine and then prime with an etch primer.

Let everything sit for a couple of days to let the primer cure and started the final assembly for this section.  There are a lot of rivets that need to be installed and it seemed that it took forever to get all of them in.  There are some that need a special bucking bar or some modifications to ones that I had.  After much time and some major frustrations, I got them all bucked.

The last portion of this section is to install the rear vents.  I am not doing this at this time because I am not sure I am putting them in or not.  The vents look a bit cheap and going to look for other options.  I will be installing vents in the ceiling so maybe these will not be needed at all.

For now this section is considered complete.  Lets move on.

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Fuselage Ribs and Bottom Skin

Started  February 5th, 2011

Located the F-1043 attach angles, separated them and attached with clecoes to the fuselage ribs. Countersunk the nutplate attach holes and deburred all the final drilled holes.

Gathered all the parts for the forward seat rail supports.  There will be two sub assemblies made which will be a right and left outboard forwards seat rail support.  Clecoed these parts together and match drilled.  All holes for the nutplates have been countersunk also.

Repeated the last step to create the right and left inboard seat rail supports>

I then broke apart the F-1042 clips and spacers which are then clecoed to bulkhead side channel. Final drill #12 holes along with the nutplate attache holes and countersunk them.

I disassembled all these parts and preped and primed.  Once they were dried I re clecoed them and riveted everything together.

Next was to cut out a portion of control column mount for both right and left.  Bolted the seat rail supports and the column mounts to the  forward fuselage bulkhead.  The column mounts then need to be positioned, clamped and the match drilled for the bottom two holes into the forward fuselage bulkhead.

Next step involves clecoing the forward fuselage floor ribs to the forward fuse bottom skin.  You need to study this a bit before match drilling to make sure that you have the proper orientation as it is not symmetrical.

Got them all clecoed and match drilled.  I then clecoed the subassembly of the forward fuselage bulkhead  to the bottom skin.

Broke apart the system brackets and clecoed to the bottom skins then match drilled.

I then layed the bottom skin assembly on the work table and positioned the firewall bulkhead assembly to it.  Inserting clecoes from the bottom up, clecoed the fuse bottom skin to the flanges of the forward fuselage ribs and the bottom flange of the firewall assembly. Match drill all the holes.

The forward cabin floor panels are clecoed in place and match drilled at this time then removed. Deburred all the edges and holes and dimpled.

Before clecoing the forward center section bulkhead assembly to the bottom skin, the center section side plates side channels forward fuselage bulkheads and systems brackets are removed from the bottom skin. Then match drill all the holes, remove and deburr all holes.

Next is to mate the mid fuselage assembly to the forward fuselage assembly.  Make sure that the center bottom skin fits between the forward center section bulkhead assembly and the forward fuse bottom skin.  Cleco together along with  center section bulkhead, aft center section, side plates and systems brackets.  And then final drill all holes common to the center bottom skin, forward centere section, and fuse bottom skin.

Now that all is match and final drilled, disassemble all parts, prepare and prime.  Once they are cured I attached all the nutplates and started to reassemble all parts.

All parts were riveted to the bottom skin and bulkheads were attached permanently.  The forward fuselage assembly was reattached and riveted to the bottom skin.  Center section was then bolted to the forward fuselage ribs.

I then mated the mid fuselage assembly to the forward fuselage assembly inserting bolts into the holes in the forward and after center section bulkhead assemblies and using spacers between the forward and aft center section bulkhead assemblies to ensure proper alignment of the center section bulkhead.

Finished riveting and bolting the remaining parts to the forward fuse assembly.

The next step involves the forward seat floors.  Started by breaking apart the seat floors and attach strips. Final drilled all the #19 holes in the seat floors and seat floor attach strips. Clecoed the floor strips to the seat floors and match drilled the holes between them using the seat floor holes as a guide.

All the remaining holes were final drilled and the nutplate attach holes were countersunk.  I disassembled all the parts, deburred, alodined and primed.  Once dry all nutplates were attached along with the seat floor attache strips.  Not that they are completed they can be set aside for later use.

The next step was to cleco and assemble the mid seat rails.  Did per instructions then preped, primed and did the final assembly.

The last portion of this section is to temporarily install the forward cabin floor panels and landing gear mounts for final drilling and alignment.  Got everything in place and final drilled.  I also match drilled the side plates and the landing gear mounts.

I then removed the floor panels and landing gear mounts, deburred and set aside for later attachment.

That concludes this section.

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Firewall Construction

Started January 20, 2011

Sarted the firewall section with clecoing and final drilling the holes that attach the F-1001K recess to itself.  Remember when these get dimpled that the flush heads shoudl be on the front of the firewall assembly and the inside face of the recess.  Dimpled and riveted the recess to itself.

Clecoed the upper angle, lower channel, right side angle, center angles, diagonal angles, gussets, recess, left side angle, tri gear bracket, upper firewall brackets, lowever firewall brackets and the nose gear tension fittings to the firewall bulkhead.

All parts are now clecoed to the firewall so I finished final drilling all the nutplate attach holes and the screw holes.  Then final drilled all the remaining holes between the parts that were just clecoed to the firewall.

Disassembled all parts and dimpled flush head on forward side all rivet holes in the web of the firewall.  Countersunk the parts the alay against the web of the firewall for the dimples in the firewall bulkhead.  Prepped and primed all aluminum parts.

Re-assembled the firewall assembly as I did before and clecoed all the nutplates in place. Riveted all the parts in place per instructions.

Marked and drilled the hole in the forward fusalge rib as called out in the instructions. Then using this hole match drilled the scat tube support, then final drilled the nutplates to the support.  Dimpled the screw holes for #8 screw and primed the support.

Riveted the nutplates in place one dry.

Clecoed the nose gear tension fittings, center angles and forward fuselage ribs together.  Again did both left and right at the same time.

Final drilled all common holes and counter sunk the rudder pedal brace attach holes on the INBOARD face of the center angle.

Clecoed the assemblies together and inserted the flanged ducts in the heat duct tee. Then final drilled all common holes. Disassembled, deburred, prepped and primed all parts.

Clecoed the parts back together and riveted per call outs.  Installed the snap bushings and sealed up all gaps around the recess.

One thing I did on the firewall was change out the cabin heat selector boxes.  The ones that come with the kit are made of aluminum and that made me feel a bit uneasy.  So I ordered stainless steel ones from Plane Innovations.

One more section to mark off the done list.

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Mid Fuse Ribs and Bottom Skins

Started January 4, 2011

Section 26 consists of construction the mid fuse ribs and bottom fuse skins.

This section starts by cutting apart the F-1066C reinforcing angles. Cleco the seat belt attach bar, reinforcing angles, forward seat belt anchor, scat tube flange and the guide brackets to the inboard seat rib which creates the inboard seat rib assemblies.

Final drilled all the nutplate attach holes in the seat belt attach bars and the inboard seat ribs and also all the nutplate screw holes per call out in instructions.

Match drilled #30 the holes in the forward seat belt anchor using the inboard seat rib and seat belt attach bars as the drill guide.  Final drilled  the remaining holes common to the seat belt attach bars, reinforcing angles, forward seat belt anchor and the inboard seat ribs.

Since the left and right are the same, I did both at the same time.

Disassembled all the parts, deburred the holes and edges, dimpled the screw holes along the upper edges of the inboard seat ribs for #8 screw along with the nutplate attach holes and countersunk the seat belt attach bars for the dimples in the seat ribs that coincide with the holes that will attach the nutplates.   Then dimpled the attach holes in the K100-08 and MS21053-L08 nutplates.  Prepped and primed all the parts.

Now that the parts are dry I am clecoing the nutplates and seat belt attach bars onto the seat ribs and riveted in place.  The rest of the parts are now clecoed together except the reinforcing angles. 

Before riveting, make sure that the "Leave Open" holes are marked or taped over.  Then riveted the seat belt attach bars, guide bracket, forward seat belt anchor, scat tube and the nutplates to the inboard seat ribs.  Watch that the rivets are in the right orientation.  Now the reinforcing angles can be riveted to the seat belt attach bars, seat belt anchors and inboard ribs.  Last step was to insert the snap bushings into the guide bracket.

Construction of the outboard seat assembly starts with remove the tabs on the two remaining seat belt anchors and making a radius on the lower edge.  Once tab is removed I clecoed them and the forward seat belt anchors to the outboard seat ribs.

Now that they are clecoed, final drilled all the nutplate attach holes in the trimmed seat belt anchor and outboard seat rib.  Drill the 1/4" hole in the forward seat belt anchor, seat belt attach bar and outboard seat rib.  All other common holes I drilled to #30.

Cut apart the spacers and labeled each.  Clecoed the intercostal seat rib and space to outboard seat rib.  Final drilled all common holes to #40 along with the nutplate attache holes.  Drilled the nuplate screw holes to #19.

Disassemble all parts and to the norm, deburr, dimple, prep and prime.  Once again the left and right are just mirrored parts so did build on both sides at the same time.

Assembled all the parts back together per instructions to make the left and right outboard seat ribs.

Section 26-4 starts with breaking apart the flap motor attach angles.  Final drill the holes in the flap actuator bracket and then disassemble.  Then clecoed the flap actuator bracket to the inboard seat ribs and final drilled.  Disassembled and primed all parts.

Got the heat duct tee into the scat tube flanges. riveted the nutplates and clecoed the sub-assembly to the aft center section bulkhead assembly.  Riveted the rest of the aft center bulkhead with is the beginning of what looks like a fuselage.

Fluted the lower flange of the F-1015A seat ribs.  This is really needed as the bottom skin is curved and the fluting makes in follow this curve.  I fluted and compared to the bottom skin as I went along to make sure that the amount of fluting was enough.  I then clecoed all seat ribs to the rear spar bulkhead and final drilled all holes to #30.

Remember that the rivets that attach this flange to the rear spar bulkhead are AN426AD4 and the the flush head goes on the aft side of the rear spar bulkhead underneath the F-1005C side channels.

Cut apart the seat belt attach ribs adn teh seat belt attach lugs.  Clecoed in place and final drilled. Finished final drilling all holes between seat ribs and bulkhead.  Disassembled the parts and deburred, prepped and primed.

Clecoed everything back together and riveted them in place per instructions.

Now that the seat ribs are on, I clecoed the fuselage bulkhead assembly onto the aft side of the seat ribs, final drilled and then riveted in place. 

Clecoed the baggage ribs and final drilled to the fuselage bulkhead assembly.  Deburred and primed these ribs and the clecoed back in place.  Before riveting the ribs to the bulkhead I installed the step mounting brackets.  Then I dimpled the holes common between the upper flange of the inboard most left and right seat sub-assemblies and the upper flange of the fuselage bulkhead.

Now that all ribs are in place it is time to cleco the bottom skins in place to the ribs and the bulkheads. Then clecoed the floor stiffeners to the center bottom skin, aft center bulkhead and rear spar bulkhead. Final drilled all holes to #40 and final drilled #30 the holes in the upper flanges of the floor stiffeners.

Removed the skins and deburred all holes and edges.  Countersunk the aft center section bulkhead assembly holes common to the center bottom skin. Dimpled the remaining holes in the ribs and bottom skins.

Primed all parts and then riveted everything in place per the instructions.

Another Section Done.  Yippee!

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Mid Fuse Bulkhead

Started December 28, 2011

Fabricated two stiffener angles and clamped them into place on the center section bulkhead so that they can be match drilled.  I then clecoed the mid seat rail supports together, match drilled all the common holes and then final drilled #40 all nutplate rivet holes and then match drilled all the #12 holes for the AN3 bolts that attach them to the center section bulkhead.

Next the directions ask to cutout a portion of the center section bulkhead per the instructions.  This was not required as the part I received already had them done by the factory.  I then moved on to attaching the main gear and final drilling all the #12 holes.  Also used the F-drill bushing to drill the #30 holes in the gear brackets, the then without the bushing final drilled these holes to #12.  Temporarily bolted the gear mounts to make sure that the AN3 bolts will pass through all the parts with no issues.  I then countersunk the the two holes on the center section bulkhead.

Then I disassembled all the parts, duburred, countersunk and primed all the parts.

Moving on to Section 25-4, I riveted the mid seat rail assemblies together and all the nutplates.  Clecoed and then bolted the mid seat rail assemblies to the center section bulkhead and riveted together.  The left and right center section bulkheads were now riveted to the center section spar.  Installed all the snap bushings and torqued all the bolts to specs.

It is not time to do the aft center section bulkhead assembly.  Basically the same procedure as the center section bulkhead so not much to say on this part.  Clecoed all the parts together, match and final drilled, disassembled, deburred, prepped and primed all the parts.  Once dry I riveted them together and attached them to the center section bulkhead. 

The only thing added to this center section is it requires you to cut apart the two hat stiffeners and remove a portion of the bottom for access to buck the rivets on the lower flange.  Did this and then riveted to the center section.

Section 25-6, Riveted the nutplates to F-1004b and d center section bulkheads. Bolted the aft seat rail supports.  Inserted all the snap bushings per instructions.

I then fabricated the wear strip out of UHMW plastic, drilled the attach holes riveted in place.

Next step was to final drill #40 all the nutplate attach holes and #19 all the nutplate screw holes in the rear spar bulkhead, side channel and idler arm  brackets.

Clecoed the rear spar attach bars, side channels, crotch strap lugs, gussets and idler arm brackets to the rear spar bulkhead and final drill #30 all the common holes between the parts.  Remember to mark or tape over the holes that are to be left open.

Disassembled all the parts, deburred, countersunk, prepped and primed all the parts.  Once they were dry I riveted the nutplates all but the ones that go on the upper flange of the rear spar bulkhead.

Riveted the rear spar attach bars, crotch strap lugs and idler arm brackets to the rear spar bulkhead along with the gusset to the bulkhead side channel.  Then installed all the snap bushings.

Last part of this section is to cut apart the F-1034D gussets, cleco these gussets to hold together fuselage bulkheads.  Final drilled all the #30holes common to the parts.  Final drilled the nutplate attach holes and the nutplate screw holes..  Disassembled all the parts, deburred, prepped and primed all parts before riveting.

Riveted the gussets to the bulkheads and installed all snap bushings.

On to next section......

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Fuselage Arrival

Today was an exceptionally exciting day for me.  After more than a year and half of construction, my fuselage for the RV-10 was unloaded from a Magnum truck.

I unloaded the semi with a skid steer without incident. Thankfully.  And after just a few moments it was in my shop ready to be opened and inventoried. 

Will not get to any more unpacking tonight, have a christmas program to go to for my children.  But starting this weekend, I will be digging in and getting it done.  Can't wait to get started on this.

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