We proceeded with riveting. It was lot of riveting done in few days, and the result is rewarding. Following are some pictures showing the progress. We riveted all, at the exception of the firewall, which we left until we attach the noise.
Then we flipped the canoe. This part was fun. I can not wait to sit inside the fuselage,.
The forward fuselage consisted of many small parts: stiffeners, angels, bulkhead, landing gear attachments and other small modifications. All fitted great. Following is some pictures showing the progress:
Attaching the firewall turned out to be time consuming. I had to adjust the length of the longerons many time, fit the longerons and re-do. I guess I was pretty conservative in my adjustment of the longerons length, so it took many iterations. After being happy with the fit, I started drilling the fire wall, that took some time and many drill bits, since this is drilling through steel.
We attached the second skin. Then we realized we need to detach both skin to form the bend for the intersection with bottom fuselage. Ah well, we removed both and worked on the bend. We did a bit of digging in this one and we realized that people had issues with cracks forming at the bend. So, we were very careful, sanded the edges very well before starting to bend. The bends went great.
Then we went ahead and drilled the longerons. All went great.