Fuselage - Forward Section
Fit and drilled the right step.
|I couldn't understand why the rolled edge of the side skin was fitting so poorly. Then, I noticed on Jim and Carolina's site that the rolled edge goes under the F-776 bottom skin. Sure enough, the plans show F-770 under F-776. Actually, when I originally did the rolled edge, I had it under F-776, like it belongs.|
|Here's the right side properly installed. I still have a little bending to do here, but this is much better. Pays to look at other people's work once-in-a-while.|
|Need to dimple the side holes in the F-623's.|
| I'm starting to get fed-up with what Van is leaving out of the instructions. For example, the only mention of the steps are to drill a big hole in the side skin. It makes sense to go ahead and drill all of the holes for the steps before we rivet on the side skins.|
First step is to position the step where the FWD edge of the step is parallel to the rivet holes for F-724. Then, draw a line around the step plate so we can remove the side skins and drill the holes in the steps from the back side of the skins.
|Step taped to F-770 on the bench.|
|Turn it over and drill the 3 holes that attach the step to F-724.|
|Put the right skin back on and cleco on the step, just to be sure.|
|Mark and drill all of the holes. Also, bend the lower AFT corner of the step plate to match the fuselage curve.|
|Then, cleco the steps onto the fuse and drill all of the holes.|
|Looks like we still have a little work to do here. I think I need to shorten the tube a little, and bend the AFT corner a little more before I trim the AFT corner of the step.|
|Trying to figure out what is keeping the step from fitting flush. I reamed out the hole in the side of the fuselage a little...|
|I ground off the end of the tube about 1/6"...|
|and I bent the AFT corner back out some, since it was overbent. I, also, cut a radius along the AFT corner of the step plate, per the plans. Still does not fit flush. Maybe this step needs a little Bondo, or SuperFil. Actually, after looking at this, it looks pretty good.|