The fuselage has begun!
The fuselage has begun! We got a great start on the fuselage this past Saturday when veteran Zenith builder Tracy Buttles came over from Iola, WI to help us make up some time. Part of the build team on Saturday got started on the bottom skin of the tail cone, while Hal Bryan and Matt Smith started tackling the firewall.
The bottom skin was laid out on the main workbench, and we quickly began making the L angle stiffeners to drill and cleco to the skin.
Tracy Buttles (left) and EAA graphic designer Chris Livieri work on marking stations on the tail cone skin.
Over on the side workbench, Matt and Hal worked on drilling the firewall stiffeners and angles. By the end of the Saturday session, we had the firewall well underway, and the entire bottom skin drilled to the stiffeners.
On the Wednesday evening session, we took the skin and stiffeners apart to deburr, which took half of the three hour session. We then cleco’d it all back together and got it riveted!
The firewall is nearly drilled out to fill size, and the next session will see the start of the tail cone side skins.
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