October 4 and 6, 2017
Rymes and reasons...
or lack thereof.
Working through the port side-rails; trimming them down and welding them on.
Work on the second one... after measuring, fitting and trimming to size... I lined it up with the laser line using the sheet of aluminum (the pseudo skin). Looks good. Tacked both ends. Looks good. Clamped on the ol' straight piece of tubing. Looks good. Tacked it every 2inches and un-clamp the tube. Not so good.
DAMN ! What the... ???
There is no ryme or reason with this... I'm going to need to cut the tacks and do something to push the side-rail out straight.
The project progresses as usual... (as of late)
Before tacking in place.
October 8, 2017
The second third times...
Working on the port side still...
Needed to un-tack, re-align, check... un-tack the re-align again before getting out most of the bow in it. It being... the second port side-rail.
Started aligning and notching the third port side-rail. Looking good... it's up on the fuselage, locked in position and marked... ready for trimming down.
October 14, 2017
to work on something new.
Started working on the sheet metal skin.
All four forward pieces have been roughly fitted up. I tried making the rear pit skin fit up over the shell over the instrument panel but didn't really work? Cut it down and did in two pieces. Maybe if I lay the actual aluminum over in that place and cut it based on that instead of a display board (thicker paper) pattern it may work ? I'll try on my next go-round.
Basically wanted to fit the pieces to get a see how the upper section looked and to start figuring out the rear windshield.
The windshield I had created isn't working as well as it originally did when I did the mock-up in paper. Starting to refine it now...
The nose on this thing is loooooong. You need to add an additional 44inches to what you see. I'm only covering up to the firewall right now.