I have finished constructing the roll bar assembly, and started the installation process.
Thursday evening began riveting the channel splices.
As you can see, the rivets in the F-632D angle ended up a little close the radius, so I had to rivet them with the shop head aft. These will not be visible, as a reinforcement channel will cover them.
Then I clamped the forward channel to my template table, and clecoed on the straps.
It took less than 10 minutes to set all rivets, thanks to my pneumatic squeezer.
Today I continued with the aft channel.
Before I could rivet it to the forward part, I had to install the two small angles that will support the reinforcement channel. First I marked and drilled the holes for the F-632D angle.
Then I could place the angles and drill them top the channel.
..a little bit of deburring and 4 rivets later:
Now I could close the roll bar…
The rest is blind rivets.
Finally done! 😀
Now it was time to prepare the brackets that attaches the roll bar to the fuselage. I clamped them to the roll bar and drill the holes for 2 small rivets, that will secure the width of the brackets.
I had to reinstall the fuselage top skins, to align the roll bar in the right position and angle.
I marked the correct angle the mounting bracket will have to the roll bar.
Then I trimmed the roll bar ends and filed radius, to allow the thick angles to sit correct,..