Fuse bulkheads initial construction

Hours Worked = 7.5

Huge day today. Basically, I’ve done all of the initial construction, drilling, and deburring on the mid fuselage bulkheads. These are the beefy cross braces that will give the fuselage (and entire plane) a lot of it’s strength. The main bulkheads are the point where the wings and landing gear are connected.

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2 thoughts on “Fuse bulkheads initial construction

  • May 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    My fuse kit arrived yesterday (the 14th) so I inventoried and started tonight. Could not get the @#$% f-drill bushing to work – too big. I ended up drilling with a #14 through the thick part of the bulkhead which acted as a guide and then using a 3/16 reamer. after separating the parts drilled it out to 12. Seemed to work ok, but I probably wasted 30 minutes trying to figure out how to do it per the plans. During the inventory yesterday, while I was trying to organize the bazillion bags of parts, I had a momentary sinking feeling, like, I’ll never get all this done. Fortunately that passed, but although making steady progress it seems daunting still if you think about the time remaining. So, I’m not going to. It’s great to be able to refer to your site if something weird turns up – I’m already looking for the mysterious nut plate in my future…


  • May 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Hey Dave!

    Keep plugging at it!

    I’ve noticed that I go in spurts. I’ll go like mad and make a ton of progress for a few weeks, then I start getting burned out a bit… especially when I have a long repetitive task looming ahead of me. But you are absolutely correct. You can’t look at the project as a whole. I try to get out into the garage every few days no matter what, even if it’s just for an hour. Every little bit adds up.

    For the fuse section, I’ve been more motivated as there is less repetition than the wings and tail sections. Plus it’s starting to look more like a plane!

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