February 21, 2010

Cabin Frame continued - 1.5 hrs.

Tonight I didn't have a lot of time, but I finished the other side of the roll bar trimming for the brackets to nest inside. It went a lot quicker the second time around. Now, the roll bar is ready to mount on the fuselage, but it just barely hits the top seatback brackets on the bulkhead. So they need to be trimmed a little bit. This is common. The yellow arrow below shows where I trimmed it.

In order to avoid scratching either the bulkhead or the nice red anodized finish, I put down some black duct tape and slid a thin piece of aluminum scrap under the seatback bracket. Then I used my dremmel tool to remove a thin notch off the bracket.

Perfect! This little notch is all I need to make sure nothing will interfere. You won't even see this because the roll bar covers this area. This is the right side.

And this is the left side.

Now I'm finally able to install the cabin frame in the fuselage. This really adds something to the overall appearance of the project!

I think this looks really cool. Now I have to figure out a way to clamp the brackets down for drilling, and then remove the roll bar while I drill and bolt them to the bulkhead. There's still a lot of work to be done here.

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