I’ve just primed the Top Skins of the Tail section and with just a few hours available today, dimpling them is a good start.
For most dimples I use the DRDT-2 machine. It can reach most places. Also If you use a Edge Forming tool, use it BEFORE dimpling the edges.
The “edges”, I dimple them with the squeezer. It’s easy and most of the time the DRDT-2 can’t reach it, or you have to place it opposite of the flat bed.
Next day I had some more time to spent, so I worked on the forward Seat bottom details. Here I’m working on the Stick Boot fastener. This is one of those parts, that Van’s could have made easily, but somehow decided to let the builder do it. Which (in my case) results in mediocre results. It’s ok, because it will be under the seat cushion, but why not use the expensive CNC machine in the factory.
It takes a sh@#$t load of time, drilling holes, sawing the parts and using the Scotch Brite wheel to make it smooth.
It took me 2 hours to manufacture this interior decoration. Let’s rivet the nutplates in the Seat bottom to attach the fabricated Stick Boot fastener.
Luckily the stick hole is big enough to squeeze the squeezer through.
The rest of the day I spent making attach angles of the forward fuel line covers. Yet another part that could have been created in the factory.
The forward fuel line covers must be attached to the side sin doubler, but there are no pre-drilled holes, so I have to figure it out myself. Problem is that there is no space to mark the holes. It’s a two person job, so it has to wait until my dad is here.
The housing of the fuel selector (on the other hand) is pre-fabricated and fits great.
Yet another attempt to mark holes. After this one, I decided it’s better to wait than screw something up.
Resh of the day I worked on the Flap actuator construction.
Time: 3 Hours, Rivets: 0/0 (2020-01-22)
Time: 5 Hours, Rivets: 32/0 (2020-01-25)
Time: 2 Hours, Rivets: 0/0 (2020-01-26)