I have made good progress the last week. Friday I went and primed all the parts for the forward fuselage, Saturday I began assembling.
First I riveted the instrument attach angles to the forward decks.
Then I riveted the canopy seal retainers to the subpanels.
Also riveted the small ribs to the centre subpanel. They are dimpled and flush riveted.
Then I started mounting the forward ribs…
I dimpled and riveted the forward decks. They need a little tweaking to fit perfectly after dimpling. The edge had to be rolled down a bit, as not to gap.
Then I riveted the side subpanels.
Finally I riveted the forward ribs to the firewall.
Time to prepare some more parts. I marked and trimmed the block that will hold the canopy release bellcrank.
Then I cut and trimmed the two spacer blocks for the canopy hinges. I searched for a long time for a .250″ x 1″ alu bar, and finally found out by going through the picking list, that I was supposed to use the supplied .025″ x 1½” bar. The drawings should have referred to this, if you ask me.
These plastic blocks also had to be drilled for the canopy hinges.
The hinges assembled…
…and temporary installed.