Bending skin

Hours Worked = 3.75

The fuselage of the RV10 is basically an aluminum box. The bottom of the box is a square in the middle where the wings attach, but the box has rounded corners at the front, rear, and entire top. The part I’m working on now is the rear fuselage side skins… which are the part that transitions from square at the wing, to rounded at the empenage. This means that you have to make a cone shaped bend in the bottom of these skins.

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The trick to making these bends is to clamp the skin to a table with shaped clamping block that they provide dimensions for, attach some temporary angle pieces to the edge of the skin, and “roll” the angles in the direction of the bend. Seeing as I don’t have a table saw (or any real wood working experience), I was lucky enough to find a fellow RV10 builder that still have their blocks laying around. (Thanks Dave!)

The procedures in the plans worked pretty well, and after a few tries, I got nice curves in the skins.

With the skins done, I started working on the structure that connects the upper longerons, the rear seat back brace, and the rear seat bulkheads.

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