Project Log - April, 2003 
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April, 2003

April 1, 2003 - 1.25 hours
Riveted the armrests in, and started riveting the aft canopy deck.

Here is a shot of the right armrest.

April 2, 2003 - 1.5 hours
Did some more riveting on the top fuselage skins.

April 3, 2003 - 1.25 hours
Trimmed and fit the F-6111 L&R skin stiffeners.

The left side F-6111 top skin stiffener. This had to be trimmed on each end to fit right

Here is the right F-6111

April 5, 2003 - 4 hours
Drilled the forward decks to the longerons and aft canopy decks. I cut the extra material off of the fuel tank selector box (where the manual trim knob would go).

April 6, 2003 - 2.2 hours
Made a little spacer to fill the gap that is left after cutting the extra material from the fuel selector plate. Started getting all of the parts of the cabin ready to prime. Shannon gave me a hand and we nearly finished getting the top skins on the fuselage.

I cut a piece of extra rudder stiffener material to cover the gap that is left when I cut the extra material off of the fuel selector valve box.

This is the inside the fuel selector box.

April 7, 2003 - 2 hours
Finished all the riveting on the top skins. Finished all the side skin to longeron rivets that I could. The ones where the top forward skin goes are still open. I started masking off all the places in the cabin were I don't want paint to go.

The top fuselage skins are finally on.

April 8, 2003 - 2 hours
There were a few parts left that need to be riveted onto the fuselage that needed to be primed so I primed those. Then I finished masking off the rest of the cabin.

April 9, 2003 - 1.6 hours
Riveted the caps on the side of the center section and riveted on the the forward and aft canopy decks. The center section covers turn out to be a mistake. I'll have to drill them out tomorrow because the roll bar bolts have to go in there.

April 10, 2003 - 1.5 hours
Un-riveted the center section covers from inside the cabin. Finished masking the cabin off and scuffed all the places where paint is to land. All I need to do now is clean it real good and paint it.

April 13, 2003 - 3 hours
Painted the inside of the cabin with some gray epoxy primer. The plan was to stay with the gray primer since it is pretty tough but I may put some paint on it.

Cabin area masked and ready to spray.

Here is what the cabin area looks like after I put the gray epoxy primer on.

April 14, 2003 - 2.4 hours
Painted the seat backs and baggage bulkhead covers. I also touched up a few places that I didn't get quite right yesterday. Hopefully the painting is over for a while.

April 15, 2003 - 0.75 hours
Cleaned and painted the roll bar black. I don't like the way the white powder coat looks on the slider canopies so I painted mine with a black satin enamel.

April 16, 2003 - 0.75 hours
Mixed up some more primer and touched up some areas of the cabin that showed up after I opened the garage door and let the sun hit it.

April 23, 2003 - 0.3 hours
Didn't feel much like working on the airplane but I did manage to get the bend in the top of the firewall.

I used three C-clamps and a couple of pieces of wood as a brake for bending the top of the firewall.

April 24, 2003 - 1 hours
Fabricated four little funny looking strips of aluminum to back up the rivets on the NACA ducts.

April 26, 2003 - 4.5 hours
Finished installing the NACA ducts on the side of the fuselage. Started fabricating all the little parts for the forward top structure of the fuselage.

Used the pattern that came with the NACA ducts to lay out where to put the duct.

This is the inside view of the NACA duct.

This is the outside view looking aft.

April 27, 2003 - 2 hours
Vern came over and helped me with my painting technique. Now the inside of the cabin looks much better. He also helped me figure out how to fill the gaps in the emp fairing.

April 27, 2003 - 1.5 hours
Still working on the top forward fuselage structure. I messed up a couple of parts so I have to send off for some more material. This is going slower than I thought that it would.

A lot of little parts for the forward part of the fuselage.

April 29, 2003 - 0.75 hours
Worked on the emp fairing a little more.

April 30, 2003 - 0.5 hours
Smeared some SuperFil on the emp fairing to fill the gaps.

I used Saran wrap to protect the aluminum and filled the gaps with Super Fil. Thanks Vern for the help.

Close up of how the Super-Fil fills in the fairing gaps.

April 30, 2003 - 0.9 hours
Worked on the forward fuselage structure some more. I drilled the holes for the center rib to firewall rivets and tweaked all the flanges to get them to line up a little better

The holes drilled in the firewall for the center rib.

I used a straight edge to help me get all the flanges lined up.

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