What a difference a section makes! For the first time since commencing the build nearly two years ago, two sub-kits met. The tail cone / empennage finally met the forward fuselage. I'd like to say that it came together like that scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey when the two spaceships doc. In the movie, it's a slow and delicate scene. While it was not all that difficult to join the two ends of the RV-14, it was no where near the ballet-like dance of the spaceships.
As directed, I lined the two ends up, tilted the tail cone upward, and pushed it forward until it was more or less positioned. At that point, it was a matter of cleco-ing a few holes in the bottoms.
It's looking good!
Once I had the bottom positioned and fixed, I was able to continue the rest of the joining.
I used every 3/32 cleco in my arsenal.
After that, it was a simple matter of riveting the two ends. It took a little contortionist maneuvering at times, but with the help of my good neighbor, it was together in no time!