Mon Oct 17 2011

Fuselage misc

This evening was used for crossing some little items off the list. First was to install these cover plates in the F-706 bulkhead where I had incorrectly drilled for snap bushings. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't drill these at all since I'm not going to route any wiring or tubing under the longerons.

I decided to install my comm antennas. I still need to run a bead of sealant around the perimeter. I'll do that some other time.

While installing the left antenna, I noticed I hadn't yet installed these five pop rivets for the antenna doubler, so I popped them in.

Another quick item on the list was to get the sticky residue out from between the fingers of the rear spar. I had put a piece of tape in there to prevent shavings from going down in, but it left adhesive residue behind when I removed it. Goo gone works great. Doesn't harm the primer, but dissolves the adhesive.

I riveted these parts together for the forward tabs of the sub floor panels.

While doing that riveting, I noticed that I somehow mixed in a bunch of -3.5 rivets in the compartment for -3 rivets. Arg! I can't tell you how tempting it was to just throw out the whole batch, but I decided to sort them out.

It took about an hour, but I got 'em sorted out. I actually went through the -3.5 pile a second time to make sure I didn't get a short one in there by accident. Found two.