I started out today by trimming all the overhanging glass with the Fein saw.
I then drilled pilot holes and clecoed the tail cones to the front pod sections. After that, I then drilled out the wider diameter holes for CAMLOC/Skybolt 1/4-turn fasteners.
Here’s a shot of both the trimmed glass on the pylon TEs of both pods, and the top 2 CAMLOCs mounted in place.
A wide view of the assembled and glassed (lower assembly) baggage pods.
A shot showing the “business area” of the glassed pylon TEs and the attached tail cones via CAMLOCs.
An example of CAMLOC attach holes on the tail cones.
And the Skybolt lightweight stainless steel receptacles. I have to say, these are quickly becoming my favorite 1/4-turn fastener receptacle. Light yet strong!
One slight issue that I had is that since I added extra plies of glass to the lower flange on one of the baggage pods, I will have to order a longer CAMLOC stud to use in lieu of the -7 stud I currently have on-hand for both bottom CL attach points. No big issue of course and I’ll simply add it to my next ACS order.
The first shot below focuses on the exterior side of the Skybolt receptacle (right side, in the hole) and the next shot focuses more on the interior receptacles. As a point of note, to set the interior side of the rivets on the upper receptacles I had to use a small piece of 2024 aluminum as an impromptu bucking bar.
I do still have the cradles to build for these things, but for now I’m happy that the main portion of the baggage pods are assembled with reinforcement glass in place.