This week the cabin section, or center section of the 750 moved from it’s own workbench to the main workbench to be mated to the rear fuselage, and Matt worked more on the ‘Matt and Hal’ firewall to get it fully drilled out and ready to deburr.
Here we are working on the center section just before it made it’s move to the main table.
Then the team worked together…and it worked really well to work as a team on this part…to get the center section slid in to the slots on the rear fuselage.
Matt continued to work away on the firewall on the window workbench. Not sure who has the better view…a Tri-motor and B-17 inside, and an F-86 right outside the window…
The top portion of the cabin was brought over from the other hangar where it was stored, and Tracy began grinding away at the tubes to get them fit up properly.
This was a bit of an iterative process, but we finally got it just right and drilled it in place.
With the center section in place, there are a lot of little parts that now need to be fit and drilled in place. Here, Tracy and I discuss the orientation of part of the seat structure.
That’s about as far as we got on Saturday…the fuselage as we left it for the day.
The Wednesday night session this week was a lot of fun because it was also the EAA Staff “Sparkle and Shine” party for the B-17 before it leaves the nest for the Spring tour. There were a LOT of people in the hangar for the evening, and many people who hadn’t yet had the chance to see the Zenith stopped by to check it out. We did cut out a bit early so everyone could have a chance to work on both airplanes, but we were able to get a few things done on the 750 before calling it a night.
Jerry and I got caught up on the instructions just before getting started…
Then the team got to work on more drilling, and re-positioning the fuselage on the workbench to make the center section more accessible.
There is a lot of drilling that takes place in the center section, but by the end of the night, we had almost all of it done, with the lower front side skins drill in as well.
It’s REALLY cool to see it sitting nice and tall on the workbench, and one can truly start to envision what it will look like very soon when it’s on its own three feet!