Finish Canopy Start

Finally I got all the work done on the Empennage fitting to the Fuselage and the fairing. Now we can store the finished Empennage parts upstairs.

The next kit is the Finish kit, which is the last kit of the Van’s RV-7 and contains mainly the Canopy and the main Gear. We eagerly got the Canopy frame, but while reading ahead found out that we need to start with the Roll bar.

While working on the Empennage I had the Tailcone in the widest part of the workshop, in order to have sufficient workspace.

But most parts of the Finish kit are located at the forward part of the Fuselage. So time to turn it around.
The workshop is not big enough to turn the plane around, so we did that outside.

Determining the exact location of the Roll bar is easy, but attaching it to the Longerons isn’t. Also I figured out that I can not finish this part either until the forward top skin is riveted. There is no way you can reach the rivet holes in the longeron with a bucking bar if the Roll bar is installed.

The “to-do” list of tasks waiting for the forward top skin grows. Reason NOT to install the top skin is access to the forward fuselage for installing the fuel system and avionics.

Time: 6 Hours, Rivets:  0/0  (2020-07-01)
Time: 5 Hours, Rivets:  0/0  (2020-07-02)