Author Archives: pclifton

Project planning

So, there was no actual work on the plane today, at least not in a physical sense. After thinking things over, I’ve decided not to continue with the HS SB until I can get my hands on the rivet removal … Continue reading

Posted in Preparation

SB 14-01-31 pt 2

Whew. While I’m making decent progress on getting this SB done, it’s proving to be a real drag, and I can say with conviction that I’ll be happy when it’s done. First up today was drilling out the rivets common … Continue reading

Posted in Empennage | Hours Logged: 3.5

SB 14-01-31 pt 1

Back at it again! Before I got to actual plane work tonight, I had a goodie box from Aircraft Spruce waiting for me at home. There was only one thing (well, four things) in there I really needed – four … Continue reading

Posted in Empennage | Hours Logged: 1.5

SB 14-01-31 prep

OK, again not a lot got done tonight. What was supposed to be a quick adjustment to the riding mower ended in a stripped bolt and general annoyance, but even though I wanted to go inside and mope, I decided … Continue reading

Posted in Empennage | Hours Logged: .5

More painting

Well, this wasn’t the productive day I’d hoped for after all. Not sure if I did too much yesterday or not (in fairness, I was going strong from about 7 AM to 10 PM), but today I was just super … Continue reading

Posted in Fuselage | Hours Logged: 1

Interior painting, plans stand thingy

So I’m only logging this as an hour and a half on the build, but there’s a fair bit more time covered here, over the course of the last thee days. Most of this was addressing what’s been sort of … Continue reading

Posted in Fuselage, Workspace | Hours Logged: 1.5

Seat floors done (structurally, at least)

No photos tonight, it was just sort of menial work. I riveted the rear seatback hinge half in place, in assembly with the appropriate stiffener. Then there were four nutplates on each seat floor that needed to be riveted – … Continue reading

Posted in Fuselage | Hours Logged: 1.5

Riveted seat floor stiffeners

Not much to report tonight. I gave the seat floors a good cleaning and back riveted all but one of the stiffeners in place. The one I left iff gets riveted in assembly with the rear setback hinge – that’ll … Continue reading

Posted in Fuselage | Hours Logged: 1

Seat floors ready to be riveted

I did it! Two days in a row of getting up and getting an early start out in the hangar. I started carrying my 6 AM weekday alarm into the weekends about a month ago, but until now I’ve just … Continue reading

Posted in Fuselage | Hours Logged: 3.5

Some nutplates

Bit more progress today. A lot of the day was taken up with the monthly local RV people lunch, along with some other home-project stuff, but I got up early enough this morning to get some work in, and then … Continue reading

Posted in Fuselage | Hours Logged: 1.5