Sam Buchanan's RV6

Building the Fuselage

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5/28/98; 4.5 hrs; assembling longerons to firewall/F-604.

Here are some details of the firewall to F-604 assembly:


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5/29/98; 3.0 hrs; more of the same...

6/1/98;4.5 hrs; assembled brake pedals; mounted pedal assembly in fuse.

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Detail showing brake pedals; Make sure you build a right and left pedal...




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Pedal assembly ready to go into fuse. I haven't mounted the center bearing block yet since the firewall recess hasn't been installed.




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6/2/98; 4.25 hrs; modified and drilled seat ribs to F-604; installed armrests.

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The two center seat ribs are modified as shown so they can be removed to facilitate installation of contol columns.





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The fuse skeleton is taking shape...







6/6/98; 3.25 hrs; installed remaining ribs and stringers on right side of fuse.


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6/7/98; 1.75 hrs; did the following:


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Everything lined up very nicely except one bulkhead which caused an inward bow in the bottom stringers. After considerable head-scratching, I decided the easiest way to resolve the problem was to cut the bulkhead as shown. This allowed the the stringers to reflex back into the proper position. (The gap shows how much out of line the stringers were.) I used a Dremel tool with cut-off wheel to make the cuts (you really need a Dremel tool!).


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The cuts were closed with .032 scrap which will be riveted in place. The bulkheads now fit exactly as they should.






6/8/98; 4.5 hrs; primed a bunch of fuse stuff; began riveting fuse skeleton.

6/9/98; 4.0 hrs; riveting fuse skeleton; installed tailwheel mount.


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6/11/98; 4.0 hrs; removed, primed and revited various fuse skeleton stuff.

6/12/98; 1.0 hrs; completed riveting fuse skeleton; fuse ready for skin.


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Who is Sam? 
The Hanger 

Getting Ready to Build 
     Odd 'n Ends 

Building the Tail 
     Horz. Stab Log 
     Vert. Stab Log 
     Rudder Log 
     Elevator Log 

Building the Wings
     Wing Spars
     Wing Assembly
  Fuel Tanks

Building the Fuselage

The Finish Kit


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