Unpacking Fuselage

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Chapter 6 – Part Deux (… or zwei!)

30 April 2012 —Today starts the actual unpacking of the boat, or shall I say, the fuselage.  Apparently my next door neighbors thought it would be cute to pull a fast one on me!  When talking in my garage/shop one day, they asked me what I was going identify this “thing” (said snidely) sitting in my garage that I was going to send over to Germany.   Well, a few weeks earlier I had seen on one of the blogs where a guy had shipped his fuselage as a “boat,” which I thought was pretty darn funny.  So I snarkily (it’s a habit of mine!) said, “a boat.”

Well, due to a scheduling SNAFU in Virginia, the movers had picked up my fuselage while I was at the firing range.  Luckily, my ‘trusty’ neighbors helped out with overseeing the movers pack my stuff.  Well, apparently they told the movers it was just, in fact, a boat.  What made it really funny was fast forward three months later in Germany when one of the guys unloading the truck asked me where I wanted my “boat.”  I thought his English was a little shaky!  After a few repeats, and a growingly impatient mover, I finally understood what he was saying and ran out to the moving truck to see them, in fact, lowering “a boat” out of the truck!  Well played my friends . . . well played!

The Fuselage BoatThe "Fragile Boat" :)

Pics of unpacking “the fragile boat”!!!

Unpacking the fuselage

Unpacking the fuselage (aka "boat")

 

 

 

 

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Hey Guys,

I am still currently working the bottom cowling install to ensure its interface with the lower aft fuselage/hell hole is dialed in. The convergence of bottom cowling and bottom fuselage is slowly in progress and I figure both should be completed shortly.

I’ll then focus on the Hell Hole area to create a functional and usable hatch as well as install the belly RAM air scoop. 

While the fuselage is inverted I’ll also press forward to knock out a number of other things, including bottom strake-to-bottom wing intersection finishing and main gear leg-to-fuselage interface. 

I expect this bird to be inverted for a few more weeks before it gets flipped back upright to close out the strakes with the top skin install.

At that point it will be on to the winglet/rudder install (Chapter 20).  Then engine and top cowling install, finish and prime/paint.

 

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