Build Hours Added Since Last Post:19.25
When I last posted, I had commenced the daunting task of building the fuel tanks. While I would not yet classify myself as a seasoned expert in the ways of Pro Seal, I have gained enough experience to declare it nasty work.
With the prep work out of the way and the only thing left to do is rivet the parts together, I started with the ribs. It's a fairly straight-forward proposition. Simply mix the two parts of the Pro Seal, spread a layer on the skin like frosting a cake (a sticky and stinky frosting), slide the rib in place, cleco it, and bang away. Unfortunately for me, it's much less romantic than it sounds--and it doesn't sound romantic at all, I suspect.
|Left wing skin all ready for action|
|Ribs, vent line, fuel cap, J-channel, lower supports, and drain connection in place|
|Fuel vent line shown, but not connected|
|Open end of the vent line near the fuel cap (otherwise known as the money hole).|
|Fuselage brace in place. Awaiting fuel float and fuel lines|
|Left fuel tank all ready for the next steps|
The remaining components of Section 16 include the fuel floats/sender, fuel lines, connection nutplates, attachment of the rear baffle, and testing. Yay