Fuselage - Forward Section
Began riveting the center section to the AFT section.
|Remove the right side skin, so we can rivet the AFT edge of the center section to the AFT section. Yes, I know Van says to do the side skins first, but then I wouldn't be able to get to the AFT edge rivets by myself, so, I'm doing the AFT edge first--we'll see.|
|First thing is to rivet F-623 in place, making sure not to rivet too close to where the side skin slips between F-623 and the F-776 bottom skin.|
|Next thing is to do the AFT joint. Halfway done.|
| Need to pre-rivet F-704H to the side skin, per Van's instructions. I went ahead and riveted the bottom rivet. Looking at Dan's site, I see no reason to not do this now.
Edit 4-16-06: Do not rivet the bottom hole FWD of the wing spar cutout! See 4-15-06.
|Before putting the side skin back on, I wanted to rivet the F-715 ribs to the bottom skin.|
|Right skin back on--still fits.|
|Who missed dimpling this hole? Idiot!|
|Left side skin off, ready to finish rivets along the AFT edge. And, yes, that is a fan running in the background. It's 89° in Austin today!|
|The center section is now riveted to the AFT section. Those 3 clecos are for F-729, which I think needs to be done later.|