|Riveting the rear seat base|
|Riveted parachute box. This is the updated box that is designed to sit about|
a foot forward of the initial location - the move is to improve the
center of gravity when the rear seat was being used.
|Riveting the forward fuselage floor, rudder pedal base and lower firewall bracket|
|Rudder pedal bushings and clamps riveted in place|
|Forward fuselage with center console and floor panels attached using buttonhole screws.|
|Rear seat foot well, with some panels attached using buttonhole screws, |
and some panels clecoed for future riveting.
|Back panel of rear foot well riveted in place. The floor panel will be riveted at a later time.|
|Components of the rear control cover riveted together. |
These panels will be secured in place using buttonhole screws and rivnuts.
|Support channels for the rear foot well still need to be riveted in place (on the underside of the floor).|
Note that the location of these channels is not called out in the instructions, but it is a pretty obvious fit.
|Front seat rails - remaining rivets will attach the rails in the final location.|
|Trying out the seat fit - pilot and co-pilot up front, and a bench seat in the rear for 2 more passengers. |
The seats will eventually have leather upholstery (and perhaps an electric seat warmer as well).
The rear and front/center fuselage had been sitting a couple feet away form each other for some time so I decided to push them together and try out a test fit. It became clear quite quickly that the longerons and rear seat ribs were not going to line up. After scratching my head about it for a while, I emailed TAF and we determined that the orientation of the rear fuselage short longerons (RF-LGN-902) in the instructions (2014/02/19 revision) was incorrect and they needed to have their locations swapped. So the rivets holding the longerons were drilled out and the longerons were swapped and re-riveted. This fixed the alignment issue and enabled the fuselage halves to be pushed together. I also took the opportunity to add the forward skins and clecoed all the forward skin channels and the firewall to ensure everything else fit properly.
|Oh-Oh! No way these longerons are going to fit between the rear seat ribs. Turns out the|
image in the instructions (2014/02/19 revision) is incorrect and the short longerons need
to be drilled out and swapped.
|Drilling out the rivets holding the short rear fuselage longerons, swapping their location, |
and re-riveting them in place.
|Rear and center fuselage easily match up when the longerons are in the correct position.|
|Forward fuselage skins and side channels clecoed in place|
|Another view of the side channels and gussets.|
|Complete fuselage clecoed together|
|Side reinforcing ribs - the wing will be installed in this location.|
|Firewall and top skin clecoed in location as well|